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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Jody Joy

Curator, European Iron Age Collections Department:
Prehistory and Europe


Jody Joy is responsible for the European Iron Age collections. He has a particular interest in Celtic, or La Tène, art. Other research interests include the social significance of metalworking technology; feasting and feasting vessels; and the application of theoretical approaches to material culture, with particular focus on biographical approaches.

Before joining the Department of Prehistory and Europe, Jody completed his PhD thesis at the University of Southampton.


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Current projects

External fellowships

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London
    Member of the Prehistoric Society

Recent publications

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

Joy, J. '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 (Ostfildern: Jan Thorbecke Verlag 2012), 489-497.

J. Joy, ‘Fancy Objects in the British Iron Age: Why Decorate?’ Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 77 (2011), 205-229.

J. Joy, ‘The Iron Age’ in: T. Insoll (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion (Oxford 2011), 405-421.

J. Joy, ‘Exploring status and identity in later Iron Age Britain: Reinterpreting Mirror Burials’ in X. L. Armada & T. Moore (eds.), Atlantic Europe in the first millennium BC: Crossing the divide (Oxford 2011), 468-487.

J. Joy, ‘Iron Age mirrors: a Biographical Approach’, (Oxford: BAR British Series, 2010)

J. Joy, ‘Lindow Man’ (London: British Museum Press, 2009)

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

J. Joy, ‘Reflections On Celtic Art: A Re-Examination of the Mirror Style’, in D. Garrow,C. Gosden, and J. D. Hill, J. D., Celtic art: new approaches, (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2008)

J. Joy, ‘Mirrors in the British Bronze and Iron Age: Performance, Revelation, and Power' with M, Giles, in M. Anderson (ed.), The Book of the Mirror (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007), pp. 18-34

J. Joy, ‘Biography of a medal: people and the things they value’, in J. Schofield, W. G. Johnson and C. M. Beck (eds.) Materiel Culture: the archaeology of twentieth-century conflict (London & New York: Routledge, 2002), pp. 132-42