Dr Amara Thornton

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Dr Amara Thornton
Co-Investigator, Beyond Notability project and Research Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies
Institute of Classical Studies
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Archaeology, Classics, Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, Digital resources, Gender studies, History
Caribbean, Middle East, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

I am a historian of archaeology, focusing on the social history of archaeology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This research focus includes the history of museums and collections, popular publishing, and historic film footage. My current project, Beyond Notability: Re-Evaluating the history of women's work in archaeology, history, and heritage in Britain 1870-1950, combines in-depth archival research, cataloguing and linked open data methodology to enable new micro- and macro-analyses of the impact of women in museums and archaeological sites, the historic environment and the creation of history.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
20-Sep-2022 Strange Relics: Stories of Archaeology and the Supernatural 1895-1954

Edited Book

An anthology of classic spooky stories, with an archaeological twist. Co-edited with Dr Katy Soar.

01-Jan-2021 Scholarly Articles Written by Women Extracted from Indexes of Archaeological Papers (1891-1907) Gomme’s Index of Archaeological Papers 1665-1890 (v2.1)

A spreadsheet of bibliographic data relating to papers written by women as included in the Congress of Archaeological Societies' Indexes of Archaeological Papers. Co-authored with James Baker.

06-Jan-2018 Archaeologists in Print: Publishing for the People (UCL Press, 2018)


A history of archaeological popular publishing in late 19th and early 20th century Britain.

01-Jan-2018 Petra's First Dig. Current World Archaeology 8 (92): 40-43.


A history of excavations at Petra in 1929.

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Animating Caribbean Collections

A knowledge exchange project working with two creative practitioners and curators at the British Museum to think through how collections histories relating to artefacts from the Caribbean at the British Museum can be narrated through each practitioner’s particular creative practice. Practitioners will develop a work in progress reflecting these histories through their particular practice, to be discussed and presented at the end of the project.

Beyond Notability: Re-Evaluating Women's Work in Archaeology, History, and Heritage in Britain 1870-1950

A three-year AHRC funded research project investigating the archives of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Archaeological Institute and other relevant archives to find and document the lives of women working in archaeology, history, and heritage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, using Linked Open Data.

Egypt in Reading: Stories from the Liverpool Collection

A digital version with additional content of a 2020 exhibition at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeoloy (Unviersity of Reading)

Hidden Women Digital

A digital version of a 2019 exhibition at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology (University of Reading).

Mapping Collections Histories: Barbados and Britain

A digital exhibition on the history of archaeology in Barbados and its links to Britain, forming part of a University of Reading/British Museum partnership project.

Petra 1929

A digital project bringing British archaeologists George and Agnes Horsfield's co-authored dig diary into a digital space, with digitised photographs from the Horsfield archive (held at UCL), and additional content and resources.

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
Honorary Research Fellow, UCL Institute of Archaeology


Name Type Activity Start date End date
Animating Caribbean Collections Knowledge Exchange Knowledge Exchange 01-May-2023 24-Feb-2023
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