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Honorary Research Associate, UCL Institute of Archaeology
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history of archaeology, history of British empire, 19th century, 20th century, women's history, history of tourism
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I am a historian of archaeology, with a focus on British archaeologists working during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (specifically Greece, Turkey, Palestine, Transjordan, Iraq, Egypt and Sudan).  My interests lie in situating archaeology and archaeologists within wider historical contexts – including the history of education, women’s history, the history of tourism, the history of publishing and popular media, and the history of government policies.

Recent Publications

Thornton, A. 2018. Archaeologists in Print: Publishing for the People. London: UCL Press.

Thornton, A. 2017. Filming a Biblical City. History Today – Miscellanies [Online].

Thornton, A. 2016. GL Harding presents: Digging in Palestine Archaeology on Film. British Archaeology (July/Aug). pp 38-43.

Thornton, A. 2016. The digital makes visible the invisible. In P. de Montfort and R. E. Calvert, Still Invisible? Conversation Piece, British Art Studies 2.

Thornton, A. 2015. Social Networks in the History of Archaeology: Placing Archaeology in its Context.  New Historiographical Approaches to Past Archaeological Research. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World 32. (pp. 69-94). Berlin: Edition TOPOI.

Thornton, A. 2015. ‘Tis the Season: annual exhibitions in archaeology. In A. Stevenson (Ed.). The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: Characters and Collections. London: UCL Press. (pp. 84-86). Enhanced e-content “Temporary Exhibitions“.
Thornton, A. 2015. Exhibition Season: Annual Archaeological Exhibitions in London 1880s-1930s.  Bulletin of the History of Archaeology.
Thornton, A. 2014. The Nobody: Exploring Archaeological Identity with George Horsfield (1882-1956). Archaeology International.
Thornton, A. 2014. Margaret Murray’s Meat Curry. Present Pasts.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
UK; Middle East
Expertise by Geography
Mediterranean, Middle East, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
5, 8
Expertise by Topic
Museums, Public History, Women