Jen Novotny

Jen Novotny

Centre for Battlefield Archaeology
Department of Archaeology
Telephone: +44 (0) 141 330 3925 / 5690





Degrees and Qualifications

BA History and English (summa cum laude), 2003, Chatham University (Pittsburgh, USA)

MLitt Battlefield & Conflict Archaeology (distinction), 2008, University of Glasgow

Research Abstract

Sedition at the supper table: the material culture of the Jacobite rebellions

By examining the material culture of the Jacobite period, research seeks to explore the ways in which material objects reflect and inform the socio-political milieu.  Specifically, it will look at how domestic objects become an extension of conflict, acting as agents of political expression as well as aesthetic taste as warfare moves from the battlefield into the home.  Furthermore, it examines the ways in which these objects continue to operate as tangible manifestations of past conflict in modern society, embodying individual and cultural memory and informing the ways in which we understand war.  Research focuses on the period 1688-1760 and incorporates a wide range of Jacobite, Williamite and Hanoverian artefacts, including ceramics, snuffboxes, objects of drinking culture and items of personal dress, adornment and textiles.  By investigating the rich material record of this historical period, the project aims to engage both the past and present to contextualise the archaeological materials within a wider socio-political framework, seeks to chart thematic changes and continuities that span the entire period of Jacobite unrest, and hopes to reinterpret and bring to light neglected artefacts.  It will explore the cultural work performed by these items, such as the ways that material culture interprets and remembers conflict, how it can serve as a vehicle for personal and political expression and how it operates in conjunction with or independent of text.  By understanding the material culture of the Jacobite period, we understand not only the contemporary audience and era, but also discover clues to our own modern cosmological practices toward materiality and the past. 

Conference Papers

'Hallowed Ground: Battlefield Landscapes'  - Memory, Mourning, Landscape (interdisciplinary symposium), University of Glasgow, 9 June 2008

Polite War?: The Material Culture of the Jacobite Risings - Jacobite Studies Trust Conference, University of Strathclyde, 24-26 June 2010

Sedition at the Supper Table: the Material Culture of the Jacobite Rebellions - Scottish Theoretical Archaeology Group (STAG) poster presentation, 23 October 2010, University of Glasgow

Divine Right of Kings: Religious Practise as Political Tool in the Jacobite Wars, 1688-1750. - TAG. University of Birmingham, 14-16 December 2011.

With M. McCabe and R. Younger. Why Archaeologists Should ‘Like’ Facebook: the Case Study of Love Archaeology. - TAG. University of Birmingham, 14-16 December 2011.


Review: 'Digging deeper: recent publications on First World War archaeology', in Pollard, T. and Banks, I. (eds) 2010 Journal of Conflict Archaeology, Vol. 5

GTA experience

Level I Archaeology of Scotland

Level I Archaeology in the Modern World

MLitt Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology Lecture: Conflicting designs: the material culture of war and violence

M.Litt. Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology - Theory and Practice: the material culture of conflict.

Department of Adult and Continuing Education - Certificate in Field Archaeology:

Battlefield Archaeology artefact handling session.

Other Experience:

Co-organiser, Scottish Theoretical Archaeology Group (STAG) Annual Postgraduate Conference, University of Glasgow, 23 October 2010 and 22 October 2011.

Co-organiser, ‘We go to gain a little patch of ground’: postgraduate research in conflict archaeology', University of Glasgow, 7-9 October 2011.

Member, Scottish Archaeological Forum (SAF) 2011 Conference Sub-committee, University of Glasgow, 22-23 October 2011.

Reviews Editor, Journal of Conflict Archaeology.

Member, Editorial Board, Love Archaeology Magazine.

Websites profile

Love Archaeology Magazine

Love Archaeology Facebook