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Jody Joy (BA, MA, PhD, FSA) is curator with responsibility for British and European Archaeology.

He specializes in the archaeology of northwest Europe during the first millennium BC but his research interests also include the later Bronze Age and early Roman periods.

His main interests concern art and technology and he is currently involved in research projects examining: the technology of Iron Age cauldrons and their role as feasting vessels; Iron Age torcs and their relationship with the human body; and the role of so-called Celtic art in Iron Age society. He is also interested in human remains, particularly exploring issues surrounding display and storage in museums.

He has previously worked at the British Museum, where he was Curator of European Iron Age Collections for eight years.

He has also given lectures on subjects as diverse as European Prehistory, Museum Studies and Archaeological Theory to students at the University of Southampton.


Key publications: 


2014. 'Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble': Iron Age and Early Roman Cauldrons of Britain and Ireland. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 80, 327-362.

2014. Brit-art: Celtic Art in Roman Britain and on its Frontiers. In Celtic Art in Europe: Making Connections (eds) C. Gosden, S. Crawford & K. Ulmschneider, 315-324. Oxbow Books, Oxford. 

2014. With N. Meeks & A. Mongiatti. Precious metal torcs from the Iron Age Snettisham Treasure: metallurgy and analysis. In Under the Volcano: Proceedings of the SMEIA held in Mannheim, Germany, 20-22 April 2010 (eds) E. Pernicka & R. Schwab, 135-156. Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, Rahden.

2014. Looking death in the face: different attitudes towards bog bodies and their display with a focus on Lindow Man. In Regarding the Dead: human remains in the British Museum (eds) A. Fletcher, D. Antoine & JD Hill, 10-19. British Museum Press, London.

2013. With A. Baldwin & J. Hood. The cauldrons from Chiseldon. British Archaeology (January/February), 36-41.

2012. With C. Cartwright, N. Meeks, D. Hook & A. Mongiatti. Organic cores from the Iron Age Snettisham torc hoards: technological insights revealed by scanning electron microscopy. In Historical technology, materials and conservation (eds) N. Meeks, C. Cartwright, A. Meek & A. Mongiatti, 21-29. Archetype, London.

2012. Kunst in der Provinz Britannia. In Die Welt der Kelten: Zentren der Macht – Kostbarkeiten der Kunst (eds) R. Röber, M. Jansen, S. Rau & C. von Nicolai, 489-97. Jan Thorbecke Verlag, Ostfildern.

2011. Fancy objects in the British Iron Age: why decorate? Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 77, 205-229.

2011. Exploring status and identity in later Iron Age Britain: re-interpreting mirror burials. In Atlantic Europe in the first millennium BC: crossing the divide (eds) T. Moore & X.-L. Armada, 468-487. Oxford University Press: Oxford.

2011. The Iron Age. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion (ed.) T, Insoll, 405-424. Oxford University Press: Oxford.

2010. Reflections on the Iron Age: biographies of mirrors. BAR British Series 518: Oxford

2009. Reinvigorating object biography: reproducing the drama of object lives. World Archaeology 41(4), 540-556.

2009. Lindow Man. British Museum Press: London.

2008. Reflections on Celtic Art: a re-examination of mirror decoration. In Rethinking Celtic art (eds) D. Garrow, C. Gosden & J. D. Hill, 78-99. Oxbow Books: Oxford.

2007. With M. Giles. Mirrors in the British Iron Age. In The Book of the Mirror: an interdisciplinary collection exploring the cultural story of the mirror (ed.) M. Anderson, 16-31. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle.

2002. Biography of a medal: people and the things they value. In Materiel Culture: the archaeology of twentieth-century conflict (eds) J. Schofield, W. G. Johnson & C. M. Beck, 132-142. Routledge: London.

Senior Curator in European Archaeology
A colour photograph of Jody Joy, Curator of Archaeology at MAA
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