‘The Nineveh Medical Encyclopaedia’ is a 2,600-year-old handbook for medicine containing thousands of descriptions of diseases and symptoms, together with therapeutic prescriptions. It’s currently being translated into English as part of a Wellcome Trust funded project – Researcher Krisztian Simko takes a closer look at the story of ancient medicine, and some of the complaints and cures listed in the ancient Mesopotamian encyclopedia.
30 November 2021
21 January 2021
Learn how to write cuneiform – the oldest form of writing in the world – with curator Irving Finkel, using just a lolly stick and a piece of clay to master the ancient script!
5 May 2020
When UK Border Force discovered two trunks of suspicious-looking antiquities, Museum curators were on hand to work out whether they were fakes or the real thing. Here curator St John Simpson explores the illicit trade of fake antiquities…
25 October 2018
Ashurbanipal’s Library is one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made. But what actually is it? Jonathan Taylor, Middle East Curator and expert on the Library of Ashurbanipal, takes a closer look…
4 October 2018
King Ashurbanipal might have been a fearsome warrior but he was also a keen gardener! We take a look at how the Assyrian kings created a slice of paradise on earth with their exotic botanical gardens.
19 June 2018
In advance of our major autumn exhibition, curator Gareth Brereton gives a run down of what you need to know about the Assyrians, from luxury palaces and lion hunting to libraries and letters.
21 August 2017
As a solar eclipse crosses the United States on 21 August 2017, Curator Jonathan Taylor takes a look at what the Babylonians thought of this celestial phenomenon.
27 June 2017
In an age when talking about ‘the birds and the bees’ doesn’t cut it anymore, Education Manager Melany Rose explains an important new offering at the Museum for schools.