British Museum Press

The British Museum publishes a wide range of academic titles which are the result of research by British Museum staff and associated researchers. These can be in the form of excavation reports, collection catalogues, monographs as well as conference proceedings and reflect the most up-to-date research being undertaken by all departments of the British Museum. 

English Medieval Coin Hoards 2: Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 130
ISBN: 9780861592142
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2024
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Description:
This volume presents details, images and discussion of the contents of twenty English coin hoards, ranging in date from the 730s to the 1090s. Found between the 1960s and 1990s, all were studied by the late Marion Archibald at the British Museum but have never been published in full before now. Each hoard is the subject of its own chapter, with discussion of the discovery, and of the historical context in which the hoard was buried, before a catalogue of the relevant coins.
Roman Provincial Coinage IV.4 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 828
ISBN: 9780714118314
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2024
Series: Roman Provincial Coinage
Illustrations: 250
Description:
This volume provides an authoritative and systematic account of the coins minted for Roman Egypt between AD 138 and 192. It is the first of four volumes, which will cover the provincial coinage of this crucial period of Roman history in its entirety.The coinage in this volume was produced at Alexandria, the commercial and cultural capital of the eastern Mediterranean.
Greek and Roman Medicine at the British Museum Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9780861592326
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2023
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 120
Description:
Strategies for the preservation of health and for the prevention and treatment of illness and disease have been discerned in the surviving written records and material remains of most societies since earliest times. Compared to the prehistoric past the evidence for the ancient Greek and Roman periods is comparatively full, though still sparse or lacking in some key areas. Most accounts of the history of Greek and Roman medicine are based on ancient medical texts.
Late Hokusai Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 250
ISBN: 9780861592319
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2023
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 170
Description:
This publication has been developed from ideas first presented at the international symposium Late Hokusai: thought, technique, society, held at the British Museum in May 2017. The symposium was organised to enable specialists in a range of disciplines relating to early modern Japan to view and consider the critically acclaimed exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave, then being presented at the British Museum. The exhibition brought together representative works by the artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760−1849) in the various media in which he worked – colour woodblock printed, woodblock-printed illustrated books, brush paintings on paper or silk, and brush drawings − that were produced between the age of 61 and his death aged 90.
The Hay Archive of Coptic Spells on Leather Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780861592333
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2023
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 90
Description:
The Hay archive of Coptic manuscripts consists of seven fragmentary sheets of leather bearing spells for divination, protection, healing, personal advancement, cursing and the satisfaction of sexual desire. Purchased from the heir of the Scottish Egyptologist and draughtsman, Robert Hay (1799–1863), the manuscripts arrived at the British Museum in 1868. Since they were first published in the 1930s, they were understood to be the work of a single copyist writing around AD 600 in the Theban region of Upper Egypt.
Sailing the Monsoon Winds in Miniature Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 180
ISBN: 9780861592302
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2023
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 175 illustrations
Description:
Models of non-European watercrafts are commonly found in museum collections in the UK and throughout the world. These objects are understudied, rarely used in museum displays and at risk of disposal. In addition, there are several gaps in current understanding of traditional watercraft from the Indian Ocean, the region spanning from East Africa through to western Australia.
Roman Provincial Coinage VII.2 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 1000
ISBN: 9780714118307
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2022
Series: Roman Provincial Coinage
Illustrations: 250
Description:
This volume presents for the first time an authoritative and systematic account of the coins minted in the Roman provinces between AD 238 and 244 (except the province of Asia, previously covered in volume VII.1), and shows how these coins can be regarded as an integral part of the coinage minted under the Roman emperors. The book gives a complete picture of the material, thereby not only meeting the needs of numismatists but also providing an essential reference for historians, archaeologists and other students of the Roman empire.
Munch and his World Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 130
ISBN: 9780861592371
Pub Date: 05 Jun 2022
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Description:
The art of Edvard Munch is striking for the originality and universality of its themes, which cross moments in place and time. Yet he was very much an artist of the nineteenth century, and the focus of this publication is to show how especially in his prints and photographs Munch was enabled by technical advances developed by his contemporaries to create an entirely new visual language. Munch is probably best known for his desire to express emotions surrounding love, illness and death.
A Royal Renaissance Treasure and its Afterlives Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9780861592272
Pub Date: 28 Feb 2022
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 130
Description:
At centre stage in this volume is the Royal Clock Salt, an exceptional national treasure from the courtly culture of the Renaissance. Most probably made in Paris around 1530 by Pierre Mangot, the royal goldsmith to Francis I, the Clock Salt is somewhere between a jewel and a table ornament. Now part of the collection of the Goldsmiths’ Company in London, it is one of only a handful of treasures surviving from the renowned Jewel House of Henry VIII.
Ancestors, Artefacts, Empire Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780714124902
Pub Date: 02 Sep 2021
Illustrations: 160 images
Description:
Museums across Great Britain and Ireland hold Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (collectively referred to as 'Indigenous') cultural heritage of exceptional value, but which is largely unknown, rarely seen and poorly understood. Gifted, sold, exchanged and bartered by Indigenous people, and accepted, bought, collected and taken by travellers, colonists, explorers, missionaries, officials and others, these rare objects date from Captain Cook in 1770 to the present day. Numbering over 35,000 items, they represent all regions of Australia's vast landmass, from deserts, islands and coasts to tropical rainforests.
Ceramic Exchange and the Indian Ocean Economy (AD 400-1275). Volume I: Analysis Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9780861592234
Pub Date: 28 Aug 2021
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 100
Description:
From AD 500–1000, the Indian Ocean emerged as a global commercial centre, and by around 750–800 a sophisticated trade network had been established involving the movement of goods from Japan and China in the east, to southern Africa and Spain in the west. However, the Indian Ocean’s commercial system has been relatively understudied, with many of the key assumptions regarding its development based on narrative textual sources and selective archaeological evidence. This study sets out the case for the unique significance of quantified ceramic finds as an indicator of long-term changes in the scale and volume of maritime exchange in a period for which few other sources of systematic economic history survive.
Charles Masson: Collections from Begram and Kabul Bazaar, Afghanistan 1833–1838 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780861592197
Pub Date: 28 Aug 2021
Description:
The book discusses and catalogues Charles Masson’s 1833–8 collections from the urban site of Begram and Kabul bazaar. It utilises Masson archival material which appears as a supplementary BM online publication The Charles Masson Archive: British Library, British Museum and Other Documents Relating to the 1832–1838 Masson Collection from Afghanistan: http://www.britishmuseum.
Objects as Insights Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 90
ISBN: 9780861592357
Pub Date: 28 Aug 2021
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Description:
Robert Codrington (1830-1922) trained to be a priest at Oxford University. He volunteered to work in Nelson, New Zealand, from 1860-4 and was appointed as headmaster of the Melanesian Mission training school on Norfolk Island in 1867. He spent the next twenty years in this post and for eight of these he was the head of the Mission travelling through the Melanesian region.
Pots, Prints and Politics Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9780861592296
Pub Date: 05 Jul 2021
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 205
Description:
From the introduction of woodblock printing in China to the development of copper-plate engraving in Europe, the print medium has been used around the world to circulate knowledge. Ceramic artists across time and cultures have adapted these graphic sources as painted or transfer-printed images applied onto glazed or unglazed surfaces to express political and social issues including propaganda, self-promotion, piety, gender, national and regional identities. Long before photography, printers also included pots in engravings or other two-dimensional techniques which have broadened scholarship and encouraged debate.
Precious Treasures from the Diamond Throne Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780861592289
Pub Date: 05 Jul 2021
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 175
Description:
The Mahābodhi temple at Bodhgayā in eastern India has long been recognised as the place where the Buddha sat in meditation and attained enlightenment. The site, soon identified as the ‘Diamond Throne’ or vajrāsana, became a destination for pilgrims and a focus of religious attention for more than two thousand years.This volume presents new research on Bodhgayā and assesses the important archaeological, artistic and literary evidence that bears witness to the Buddha’s enlightenment and to the enduring significance of Bodhgayā in the history of Buddhism.
Imagining the Divine Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9780861592340
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2021
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Description:
This groundbreaking volume brings together scholars of the art and archaeology of late antiquity (c. 200−1000), across cultures and regions reaching from India to Iberia, to discuss how objects can inform our understanding of religions. During this period major transformations are visible in the production of religious art and in the relationships between people and objects in religious contexts across the ancient world.