Paul Collins

Jaleh Hearn Curator for Ancient Near East
Department of Antiquities
Ashmolean Museum
Fellow of Jesus College and Wolfson College

Research Interests

My research interests range over several areas in ancient Near Eastern studies, but I work particularly on the role of visual representation, focussing on Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC and the Neo-Assyrian period.

Current Projects:

  • Refining the chronology of mid-third millennium BC Kish
  • Relations between Egypt and Mesopotamia in the late fourth millennium BC
  • Development of an exhibition to celebrate 75 years of the Griffith Institute
  • Ancient Iran and Mesopotamia 6000 BC - AD 650

Courses Taught:

  • Ancient Near Eastern Un-inscribed Artefacts in the Ashmolean Museum
  • History and Civilizations of the Ancient Near East
  • Urbanization and Change in Complex Societies

Recent Publications

‘Gods, heroes, rituals and violence: warfare in Neo-Assyrian Art’, in B. Brown and M.H. Feldman (eds.), Critical Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Art (2014, DeGruyter), pp. 619-44.

‘From Mesopotamia to the Met: Two Assyrian Reliefs from the Palace of Sargon II’, Metropolitan Museum Journal 47 (2012), pp. 73-84.

Daily life in Sumer, in H.E.W. Crawford (ed.), The Sumerian World (2012, Routledge), pp. 345-58.

‘Hasanlu’ in Y. Rekic (ed), Discovering the Art of the Ancient Near East: Archaeological Excavations Supported by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1931-2010. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin LXVIII/1 (Summer 2010), pp. 33-7.

‘Attending the king in Assyrian reliefs’ in A. Cohen and S. Kangas (eds), Assyrian Reliefs from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II: A Cultural Biography, (2010), pp. 181-97.

‘An ivory fan-handle from Nimrud’ Metropolitan Museum Journal 44 (2009), pp. 9-20.

‘Assyrian colours: pigments on a neo-Assyrian relief of a parade horse’ with G. Verri, J. Ambers, T. Sweek and St. J. Simpson. The British Museum Technical Review Bulletin 3 (2009), pp. 57-62.

‘Assyrian Reliefs at the British Museum’ Minerva (May/June 2009), pp. 10-13.

From Egypt to Babylon: The International Age 1550-500 BC (2008, British Museum/Harvard University)

Assyrian Palace Sculptures, with photographs by Lisa Baylis and Sandra Marshall, (2008, British Museum/Texas University)

‘An Assessment of Archaeological Sites in June 2008: An Iraqi-British Project’ with J. Curtis, Q.H. Raheed, H. Clarke, A.M. Al-Hamdani, E. Stone, M. Van Ess and M. Ali. Iraq 70 (2008), pp. 215-237.

Further Info

British Institute for the Study of Iraq (formerly British School of Archaeology in Iraq): member of Council, Chair of the Oureach Committee, member of the Fieldwork and Research Committee.