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Dr Jody Joy

Dr Jody Joy

Senior Curator (Archaeology), Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3DZ
Office Phone: 01223 333494


Jody Joy has worked as a curator at MAA since May 2014. Prior to that he was Curator of European Iron Age Collections at the British Museum for 8 years.

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.

Subject groups/Research projects

Material Culture Laboratory:

Research Interests

The archaeology of northwest Europe during the first millennium BC

Iron Age art

Material culture studies

Human remains in museum collections

Research Supervision

I am interested in supervising students who wish to study for an MPhil or a PhD in the following topics:

The Archaeology of northwest Europe during the first millennium BC

Museum & Heritage Studies


I am involved in teaching of the following courses:

G30 Museums: History, Theory and Practice

Other Professional Activities


Key Publications


Selected Publications

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

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



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.

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.

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

2009. Lindow Man. British Museum Press: London.


Articles & Chapters

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.

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

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. 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.

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.