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About Dr Jo Kirton

It considers sculpture as a monument, which is actively involved in the formation and transformation of human relationships, developing a biography of its own and actively altering the place in which it resides. It specifically focuses on the relationship between carved monuments and their location, exploring how this may have affected appearance, function and subsequent re-use and perception. This allows me to look at sculpture that has been moved around, as well as those that remain in-situ.

Through this study I hope to gain an insight into how sculpture and the landscape were connected. It is hoped that it will illuminate how monuments were used and perceived during the period 400 - 1100 AD and how this relationship may have transformed in the post-early medieval period.



Throughout the year I am involved in a number of field-work projects, including the Bamburgh Research Project where I work as a trench supervisor, teaching at the field school and writing the blog . I have also worked with Project Eliseg and I am in the midst of conducting my own landscape surveys around several sculptural sites in Cheshire.


This academic year I am jointly teaching Debates in World Archaeology, as well as guest lecturing and demonstrating on first and third year modules.


Research Publications

  • Kirton, J. 2012 (in press) Review: Trees in Anglo-Saxon England. By Della Hooke, Archaeological Journal, 167.
  • Kirton, J. 2012 (in press) Review: Landscape Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England. By N. Higham and M. J. Ryan (eds.), Archaeological Journal, 167.

Research Presentations

  • Kirton, J. 2011. Reconnecting Sculpture with its Physical Context: Wincle a case in point. Early Medieval Archaeological Student Symposium, Glasgow University.
  • Kirton, J. 2010. St Edith’s Church, Shocklach: the case for context. Public talk, the Grosvenor Museum, Chester.
  • Kirton, J. 2010. The Shocklach Rider: shadow of a monument. Chester Viking Conference.


  • Associate member of the Royal Archaeological Society
  • Member of the Runes, Monuments and Memorial Carvings Network