Up from the Vaults – Tales from the Crypts

Free Public Lecture

Up from the Vaults – Tales from the Crypts

In this presentation Associate Professor Andrew Jamieson will discuss the Nimrud ivories in the Classics and Archaeology Collection at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

At Nimrud in Fort Shalmaneser, archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan and his wife Agatha Christie discovered store rooms filled with thousands of ivory pieces. Others were found discarded or dumped in wells.

Agatha Christie helped photograph and preserve many of the Nimrud ivories and records in her autobiography that she cleaned them using a fine knitting needle and a pot of face cream.

The University of Melbourne has three Nimrud ivories, believed to have been assigned to the then Department of Middle Eastern Studies in acknowledgement of the financial support given to the British excavations (1949–1958).

Andrew will also examine the Neo-Assyrian ivories from the University of Melbourne excavations at Tell Ahmar on the Euphrates River in northern Syria.

Join us for this rare opportunity to see both the Nimrud and Neo-Assyrian ivories on display as we bring them up from the vaults.


  • Associate Professor Andrew Jamieson
    Associate Professor Andrew Jamieson, Lecturer, Classics and Archaeology, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies