Classical & Archaeological Studies

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Dr Jo Stoner

Research Associate in Classical and Archaeological Studies


Office: Cornwallis Central 124


Jo is a post-doctoral researcher on Dr Ellen Swift’s AHRC funded project 'Roman and Late Antique Artefacts in Egypt'. The project will study everyday artefacts from the collection of UCL's Petrie Museum in London, and aims to transform our understanding of social experience, social relations, and cultural interactions, among the populations of Egypt in this period. Jo’s work focuses in particular on organic artefacts such as baskets and textiles, and the role of process and manufacture in the creation of sentimental, rather than economic or social, value in objects.

Jo received her PhD from the University of Kent in 2015. Her thesis, The Cultural Lives of Domestic Objects in Late Antiquity, applied theoretical approaches to a range of domestic artefacts, including heirlooms, souvenirs, and gifts, in order to reconstruct the personal meanings of late antique possessions. It also included a case-study assessing the meanings of early Christian baskets from the monasteries of late antique Egypt. She is currently editing the manuscript for publication.
Jo’s research interests include object biography, concepts of value, the relationship between memory and objects, processes of making and manufacture, and the use of experimental archaeology within artefact research.

You can find out more about the project and read the blog here:

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Stoner, J. (2014). Extending the self through material culture: Private letters and personal relationships in second-century Egypt. Archaeological Review from Cambridge [Online] 29:129-143. Available at:
Stoner, J. (2019). The Cultural Lives of Domestic Objects in Late Antiquity. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.
Stoner, J. (2018). Review Article: Small Finds and Ancient Social Practices in the North-West Provinces of the Roman Empire Hoss, S. and Whitmore, A. eds. Britannia 49.
Total publications in KAR: 3 [See all in KAR]
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Classical & Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 28/06/2018