Daniela De Simone

Project Curator, ERC Synergy Project Beyond Boundaries: Religion,
Region, Language and the State

Department: Asia 



Dr. Daniela De Simone is Project Curator for the ERC Synergy Project Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State in the Department of Asia at the British Museum. Daniela's research focus is on South Asian Early Historic art and archaeology, South Asian early Buddhist history, archaeology and pre-colonial history of Indian forests. She curated the Prehistoric and Protohistoric displays of the South Asian section of the renovated Hotung Gallery.

Daniela is a trained archaeologist and received her PhD in South Asian Studies from the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. She also holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she specialised in conservation of cultural heritage in developing countries. Before joining the British Museum in 2016, she was Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, Assistant Programme Specialist for UNESCO New Delhi, and a member of the Italian Archaeological Mission to Nepal.

Selected publications

'The Āsana: Where the Buddha Sat'. H. Gergerly, S. van Schaik and M. Willis (eds.) Precious Treasures from the Diamond Throne (forthcoming 2019)

‘Neolithic and Chalcolithic Cord-Impressed Ware of the Middle Ganga Plain’. In S.H. Jahan (Ed.) Abhijñān: Studies in South Asian Archaeology and Art History of Artefacts, Felicitating A.K.M. Zakariah. British Archaeological Reports, International Series S1974, pp. 1-6 (2009)

‘Early Ceramic Assemblages of the Sarayupar Plain’. In Prāgdhārā – Journal of the U.P. State Archaeology Department No. 19, pp. 25-35 (2009)

'The Pottery'. In Giovanni Verardi, Excavations at Gotihawa and Pipri, Kapilbastu District, Nepal, pp. 241-301. Rome: IsIAO (2007)