Museum Curation & Archaeology with Jamie Fraser artwork
Experts on History

Museum Curation & Archaeology with Jamie Fraser

  • S1E8
  • 58:28
  • December 13th 2021

Did you know that one of the British Museum's most famous pieces is still a mystery 90 years after it was acquired? We still don't know who the Queen of the Night depicts, or where it comes from. In this interview, Dr. Jamie Fraser tells us all about his job as a curator at The British Museum, why he chose to pursue archaeology and his very first dig site. Jamie also discusses the Queen of the Night artefact at The British Museum and his excavations of an ancient olive oil factory in Jordan!

Jamie Fraser is the Assistant Keeper (curator) of the Ancient Levant and Anatolia at The British Museum. He completed his PhD in Middle Eastern Archaeology at the University of Sydney, and has worked on archaeological projects in Jordan, Syria, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kashmir, Greece, Cambodia, and the Solomon Islands.

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The music used in this recording is the intellectual copyright of Michael Levy, a prolific composer for the recreated lyres of antiquity, and used with the creator's permission. Michael Levy's music is available to stream at all the major digital music platforms. Find out more on:

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Fiona Richards is a history expert herself: She holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh, has worked in the heritage travel industry, spent many years in historical publishing, and launched her own magazine, Timeless Travels, which specialized in history, archaeology and travel. She is an award winning journalist and the author of two books on Egyptian scarabs.