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Department of Archaeology



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.


The archaeology of northwest Europe during the first millennium BC

Iron Age art

Material culture studies

Human remains in museum collections


Key publications: 



2017. (with A. Baldwin). A Celtic Feast: The Iron Age Cauldrons from Chiseldon, Wiltshire. London, British Museum Press. (Finalist for the Current Archaeology Book Awards)

2016. (with I. Gunn, S.-J. Harknett and E. Wilkinson). Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past. Cambridge, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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

2009. Lindow Man. London, British Museum Press (reprinted 2013)

Books in preparation:

(with J. Farley) The Snettisham Treasure. London, British Museum Press.

Journal Articles:

2016. Hoards as Collections: re-examining the Snettisham Iron Age hoards from the perspective of collecting practice. World Archaeology 48(2): 239-53.

2014. ‘Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble’: Iron Age and Early Roman Cauldrons of Britain and Ireland. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 80: 327-62.

2011. Fancy objects in the British Iron Age: why decorate? Proceedings of Prehistoric Society 77: 205-29.

2009. Reinvigorating object biography: reproducing the drama of object lives. World Archaeology 41(4): 540-56.        

Book Chapters:

2018. Feasting and Commensal Rituals in the Iron Age. In C. Haselgrove, P. Wells and K. Rebay-Salisbury (eds.), Oxford Handbook of the European Iron Age. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

2016. Approaching Celtic Art. In J. Farley and F. Hunter (eds.), Celts: art and identity, pp. 36-51. London, British Museum Press

2016. (with F. Hunter). A Connected Europe, c. 500-150 BC. In J. Farley and F. Hunter (eds.), Celts: art and identity, pp. 52-79. London, British Museum Press.

2016. Stylistic Variations in Early Celtic Art. In J. Farley and F. Hunter (eds.), Celts: art and identity, pp. 56-7. London, British Museum Press.

2015. Things in Process: Biographies of British Iron Age Pits. In D. Böschung, P.-A. Kreuz and T. Kienlin (eds.), Biography of Objects: Aspekte eines kulturhistorischen Konzepts, pp. 125-41. Cologne, Morphomata.

2015. Connections and separation? Narratives of Iron Age art in Britain and its relationship with the Continent. In H. Anderson-Whymark, D. Garrow and F. Sturt (eds.), Continental Connections: Exploring cross-Channel relationships from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age, pp. 145-65. Oxford, Oxbow Books.

2014. Brit-art: Celtic Art in Roman Britain and on its Frontiers. In C. Gosden, S. Crawford and K. Ulmschneider (eds.), Celtic Art in Europe: Making Connections, pp. 315-24. Oxford, Oxbow Books.

2014. Looking death in the face: different attitudes towards bog bodies and their display with a focus on Lindow Man. In A. Fletcher, D. Antoine and JD Hill (eds.), Regarding the Dead: human remains in the British Museum, pp. 10-19. London, British Museum Research Publication no. 197.

2014. (with A. Mongiatti and N. Meeks). Precious metal torcs from the Iron Age Snettisham Treasure: metallurgy and analysis. In E. Pernicka and R. Schwab (eds.), Under the Volcano: Proceedings of the SMEIA held in Mannheim, Germany, 20-22 April 2010, pp. 135-56. Rahden, Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH.

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

2012. (with C. Cartwright, N. Meek, D. Hook and A. Mongiatti). Organic cores from the Iron Age Snettisham torc hoard; technological insights revealed by scanning electron microscopy. Proceedings of SEM and microanalysis in the study of historical technology, materials and conservation, London, September 2010.

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

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

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

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

2002. Biography of a medal: people and the things they value. In Material Culture: the archaeology of twentieth-century conflict, J. Schofield, W. G. Johnson & C. M. Beck (eds), pp. 132-42. London, Routledge.  Reviewed: Historical Archaeology 2004 38(2): 135-6

Other publications: 

2016. Hide and Seek: What happened to ancient children? British Archaeology (May/June): 42-7.

2013. (with A. Baldwin and J. Hood). The cauldrons from Chiseldon. British Archaeology (January/February): 36-41.

2009. Lindow Man. British Archaeology 107: 23.

Teaching and Supervisions


I am involved in teaching of the following courses:

G30 Museums: History, Theory and Practice

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

Job Titles

Senior Curator (Archaeology), Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Museum Studies
Material Culture
Artefact Analysis & Technology
Art and Iconography
Archaeological Theory

Contact Details

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Downing Street
01223 (3)33494


Material Culture
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Iron Age