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Department of Archaeology

 

Biography

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.

Research

The archaeology of northwest Europe during the first millennium BC

Iron Age art

Material culture studies

Human remains in museum collections

Key Publications

Key publications: 

 

Books:

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.

Publication

Journal articles

2021

  • Doğan, E., Thys-Şenocak, L. and Joy, J., 2021. Who Owns the Dead? Legal and Professional Challenges Facing Human Remains Management in Turkey Public Archaeology, v. 20
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1080/14655187.2022.2070209
  • 2019

  • Joy, J., 2019. A POWER TO INTRIGUE? EXPLORING THE ‘TIMELESS’ QUALITIES OF THE SO‐CALLED ‘GROTESQUE’ IRON AGE TORC FROM SNETTISHAM, NORFOLK Oxford Journal of Archaeology, v. 38
    Doi: 10.1111/ojoa.12178
  • Joy, J. and Farley, J., 2019. The Curation and Display of Lindow Man Journal of Wetland Archaeology, v. 19
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1080/14732971.2020.1791449
  • Joy, J., 2019. Dea Senuna: treasure, cult and ritual at Ashwell, Hertfordshire ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL, v. 176
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1080/00665983.2019.1590948
  • 2018

  • Joy, JP., 2018. Snettisham: shining new light on an old treasure Jewellery History Today (31),
  • 2016

  • Joy, J., 2016. Hoards as collections: re-examining the Snettisham Iron Age hoards from the perspective of collecting practice World Archaeology, v. 48
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2016.1152197
  • 2014

  • Joy, J., 2014. ‘Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble’: Iron Age and Early Roman Cauldrons of Britain and Ireland Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, v. 80
    Doi: 10.1017/ppr.2014.7
  • 2013

  • Joy, JP., 2013. Cauldrons from Chiseldon British Archaeology,
  • 2011

  • Joy, J., 2011. ‘Fancy Objects’ in the British Iron Age: Why Decorate? Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, v. 77
    Doi: 10.1017/s0079497x00000670
  • 2009

  • Joy, J., 2009. Reinvigorating object biography: reproducing the drama of object lives WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY, v. 41
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1080/00438240903345530
  • 2008

  • Joy, J., 2008. Llyn Cerrig Bach: A Study of the Copper Alloy Artefacts from the Insular La Tène Assemblage. By P. Macdonald. University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2007. Pp. xvi + 295, col. pls 4, pls 6, figs 26, tables 19. Price: £60.00. ISBN 978 0 7083 2041 9. Britannia, v. 39
    Doi: 10.3815/006811308785916926
  • 2007

  • Joy, J., 2007. The Sedgeford Hoard. By M. Dennis and N. Faulkner. Tempus, Stroud, 2005. Pp. 95, pls 28, illus. Price: £12.99. ISBN 978 0 7524 3438 4. Britannia, v. 38
    Doi: 10.1017/s0068113x00001550
  • Book chapters

    2020

  • Joy, J., 2020. How can Celtic art styles and motifs act? A case study from later Iron Age Norfolk
  • 2018 (Published online)

  • Joy, J., 2018 (Published online). Feasting and Commensal Rituals
    Doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199696826.013.27
  • 2018

  • Joy, JP., La Niece, S., Farley, J. and Meeks, N., 2018. Gold in Iron Age Britain
  • Joy, JP. and Elliott, M., 2018. Cast aside or cast in a new light? The Maudslay replica Maya casts at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.27034
  • 2017 (No publication date)

  • JOY, J., 2017 (No publication date). Biography of a medal
    Doi: 10.4324/9780203165744_chapter_12
  • 2015

  • Joy, JP., 2015. Stylistic Variation in Early Celtic Art
  • Joy, JP., 2015. Connections and separation? Narratives of Iron Age art in Britain and its relationship with the Continent
  • Joy, JP., 2015. Approaching Celtic Arts
  • Joy, JP. and Hunter, F., 2015. A Connected Europe, c. 500-150 BC
  • Joy, JP., 2015. 'Things in Process: Biographies of British Iron Age Pits
  • 2014

  • Joy, JP., 2014. Brit-art: Celtic art in Roman Britain and on its frontiers
  • Joy, JP., 2014. Looking death in the face: Different attitudes towards bog bodies and their display with a focus on Lindow Man
  • Joy, JP., 2014. Precious metal torcs from the Iron Age Snettisham Treasure: metallurgy and analysis
  • Joy, JP., Meeks, N. and Mongiatti, A., 2014. Precious metal torcs from the Iron Age Snettisham Treasure: metallurgy and analysis
  • 2012

  • Joy, J., 2012. Exploring Status and Identity in Later Iron Age Britain
    Doi: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199567959.003.0021
  • Joy, JP., 2012. Kunst in der Provinz Britannia
  • Joy, JP., 2012. Exploring status and identity in later Iron Age Britain: reinterpreting mirror burials
  • Joy, JP., Cartwright, C., Meeks, N., Hook, D. and Mongiatti, A., 2012. Organic cores from the Iron Age Snettisham torc hoards: technological insights revealed by scanning electron microscopy
  • 2011

  • Joy, J., 2011. The Iron Age
    Doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199232444.013.0027
  • 2008

  • Joy, JP., 2008. Reflections on Celtic Art: a re-examination of mirror decoration
  • 2007

  • Giles, M. and Joy, J., 2007. Mirrors in the British Bronze and Iron Age: Performance, Revelation, and Power
  • 2002

  • Joy, JP., 2002. Biography of a medal: people and the things they value
  • Books

    2017

  • Baldwin, A. and Joy, J., 2017. A Celtic Feast The Iron Age Cauldrons from Chiseldon, Wiltshire
  • 2016

  • Joy, JP., Gunn, I., Harknett, S-J. and Wilkinson, E., 2016. Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past
  • 2010

  • Joy, J., 2010. Iron Age Mirrors A Biographical Approach
  • 2009

  • Joy, J., 2009. Lindow Man
  • Teaching and Supervisions

    Teaching: 

    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
    jpj32 [at] cam.ac.uk
    Cambridge
    CB2 3DZ
    01223 (3)33494

    Affiliations

    Subjects: 
    Archaeology
    Themes: 
    Material Culture
    Heritage
    Geographical areas: 
    Europe
    Periods of interest: 
    Copper/Bronze Age
    Iron Age