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PhD Candidate in Classical Studies, The Open University

I studied BA (hons) Ancient History and Archaeology, and then MA Rome & Its Neighbours at the University of Leicester. I am an Associate Collections Curator at York Museums Trust and am undertaking my PhD in Classical studies at the Open University, researching the archaeology of magic in Roman Britain.

My wider research focuses on material culture generally, and the materiality of magic specifically. I have particular interest in the apotropaic use of sexual imagery in the ancient world, the use of Whitby jet across time, and ephemerality, sensory and phenomenological approaches. I also have a broad interest in folklore and contemporary archaeological assemblages.

I maintain a blog on Roman magic as part of my PhD:


  • –present
    PhD Student in Classical Studies , The Open University


  • 2010 
    University of Leicester, MA Rome & Its Neighbours
  • 2009 
    University of Leicester, BA (hons) Ancient History and Archaeology


  • 2019
    Curing with Creepy Crawlies: A Phenomenological Approach to Beetle Pendants Used in Roman Magical and Medicinal Practice, Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal, 2(1), p.1. DOI:
  • 2018
    (with McKie, S.) Material Approaches to Roman Magic: Occult Objects and Supernatural Substances, (TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeology 2), Oxbow
  • 2017
    Ad Vallum: Papers on the Roman Army and Frontiers in Celebration of Dr Brian Dobson, British Archaeological Reports 631
  • 2016
    (with Ross, C.) A new phallic carving from Roman Catterick , Britannia 47, 271-279
  • 2016
    Staring at Death: The Jet Gorgoneia of Roman Britain, in Hoss, S. and Whitmore, A. (eds.) Small Finds and Ancient Social Practices in the Northwest Provinces of the Roman Empire. Oxford, Oxbow. 98-116.
  • 2015
    The fist-and-phallus pendants from Roman Catterick, Britannia 46, 135-149