I am Simon Denham and I am an archaeologist working as a Project Curator in the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum. I have recently finished a PhD split between the University of Manchester and the British Museum on Neolithic stamp seals from the Middle East which I began in September 2009. The project was funded by the AHRC under the Collaborative Doctoral Award pathway. The thesis investigated the social function of stamp seals and critiqued the previous limited work on the topic to argue for a more nuanced interpretation of the objects as about more then just administration and control. Instead I suggested that while they were used for sealing this was not an administrative role but the objects functioned as indexical icons which referenced a symbolic system within the Late Neolithic focused around common identities. Much of this work will be published in a British Museum research publication towards the end of 2015.
Beyond my PhD I am also interested in a range of other prehistoric Middle Eastern questions as well as archaeological methodology, specifically the use of classification, typology and the utilisation of computer technology to aid both in the classification of data but also its dissemination. Prior to my PhD I did my undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology (2005-8) and masters degree in Archaeology: Complex Societies (2008-9) also at Manchester University.