Julia Farley

Curator of British & European Iron Age Collections
Britain, Europe and Prehistory


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Julia Farley is responsible for the British and continental European Iron Age collections.

Her research interests include craft and production, especially metalwork and metalworking technologies, Iron Age ritual and depositional practices, and the colonial encounter between communities in Iron Age Britain and the Roman world. She was lead curator on the major British Museum exhibition, Celts: art and identity (Sept 2015 – Jan 2016), organised in partnership with National Museums Scotland, and contributed to and co-edited the associated exhibition catalogue.

Julia completed her PhD at the University of Leicester in 2012, under the supervision of Prof. Colin Haselgrove. As part of her PhD research, she co-ordinated the scientific analysis of silver objects from the Iron Age shrine at Hallaton in East Leicestershire. Prior to joining the British Museum, she held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Leicester, researching the circulation of gold and silver in Iron Age and Roman Britain. She is currently working towards publication of the Iron Age site at Snettisham in Norfolk, with Jody Joy from the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Selected Publications:

J. Farley (with S. La Niece, N. Meeks, and J. Joy, J. 2018. ‘Gold in Iron Age Britain’, in R. Schwab, P.-Y. Milcent, B. Armbruster, and E. Pernicka (eds), Early Iron Age Gold in Celtic Europe: Society, Technology and Archaeometry, (Forschungen zur Archäometrie und Altertumswissenschaft 6,1, Verlag Marie Leidorf, Rahden/Westf, 2018), 407 – 429

J. Farley (with T. Gilmore, Z. Sutherland, and A. Nicholls), ‘The Leekfrith torcs’ (Transactions of the Staffordshire Archaeological and Historical Society 50, 2018), 110 – 114

J. Farley (with J. Thomas, J. Taylor, J. Taylor and M. Beamish), ‘Burnt Offerings: A hoard of Iron Age chariot fittings from Burrough Hill, Leicestershire.’ (Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society 91, 2017), 97 – 118

J. Farley. ‘“Almost unmentionable in polite society”? Druidry and Archaeologists in the later twentieth century’. Mount Haemus Lectures (Vol. 2). (Oak Tree Press, 2016), 286 – 305

J. Farley (with F. Hunter), (eds) Celts: art and identity (British Museum Press, 2015)

J. Farley, ‘Coins and conquest: Coin hoarding in the late Iron Age and early Roman period’, Chapter 4 in J. Naylor and R. Bland (eds) Hoarding and the Deposition of Metalwork from the Bronze Age to the 20th Century: A British Perspective (BAR British Series 615, Archaeopress, 2015), 41 – 65

J. Farley (with K. Parfitt and A. Richardson), ‘An Iron Age helmet burial from Bridge, near Canterbury, Kent’ (Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 80, 2014), 379 – 388

J. Farley (with C. Haselgrove), ‘Impact de la Conquete romaine sur les monnayages de Bretagne insulaire.’ Article in Monnaies Gauloises: Origine, Fabrication, Usages (Dossiers d'archéologie 360, Nov/Dec 2013), 82 – 85

J. Farley, 'Analysis of silver and other metal objects', in V. Score (ed.), Hoards, Hounds and Helmets: A Conquest Period Ritual site at Hallaton, Leicestershire. (Leicester Archaeological Monograph 21, 2012), 88 – 99

J. Farley, 'Transformations of Scale: The deposition of miniature weaponry in Iron Age Lincolnshire' (Pallas. Revue d'études antiques 88, 2011) 97 – 121