Stephanie Moser

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Head of Archaeology


The University of Southampton
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I specialise in archaeological representation, with a research focus on the construction of knowledge about the past and its reception through visual images, museum displays, exhibitions and art.  I have explored these subjects through detailed investigations of the representation of ancient Egypt in the nineteenth century, the history of archaeological illustration, and the involvement of local communities in the presentation of their heritage. I am the author of Ancestral Images (Cornell University Press), Wondrous Curiosities (Chicago University Press), and Designing Antiquity (Yale University Press), all which seek to outline the two-way knowledge exchange between academic knowledge and visual representations of the past.

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The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Moser, Stephanie (2010) The devil is in the detail: museum displays and the creation of knowledge. Museum Anthropology, 33, (1), Spring Issue, 22-32. (doi:10.1111/j.1548-1379.2010.01072.x).
Moser, S., Atalay, S., Camurcroglu-Cleere, D., Hodder, I., Orbasli, A. and Pye, E. (2010) Protecting and exhibiting Catalhoyouk. Turkish Academy of Sciences Journal of Cultural Inventory, 8, 155-166.
Moser, Stephanie (2008) Gary Breeze. Jerwood Contemporary Makers Catalogue
Moser, Stephanie (2007) On disciplinary culture: archaeology as fieldwork and its gendered associations. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 14, (3), 235-263. (doi:10.1007/s10816-007-9033-5).
Moser, Stephanie, Glazier, Darren, Phillips, James E., el Nemr, Lamya Nasser, Mousa, Mohammed Saleh, Aiesh, Rascha Nasr, Richardson, Susan, Conner, Andrew and Seymour, Michael (2002) Transforming archaeology through practice: strategies for collaborative archaeology and the Community Archaeology Project at Quseir, Egypt. World Archaeology, 34, (2), 220-248. (doi:10.1080/0043824022000007071).
Moser, Stephanie (1993) Picturing the Prehistoric. Metascience, 4, 58-67.
Moser, Stephanie (1992) Visions of the Australian Pleistocene: prehistoric life at Lake Mungo and Kutikina. Australian Archaeology, (35), 1-10.
Moser, Stephanie (1992) The visual language of archaeology: a case study of the Neanderthals. Antiquity, 66, (253), 831-844.


Moser, Stephanie (2012) Designing Antiquity: Owen Jones, ancient Egypt and the Crystal Palace, London, GB, Yale University Press, 320pp.
Moser, Stephanie (2006) Wondrous Curiosities: Ancient Egypt at the British Museum, Chicago, USA, Chicago University Press, 344pp.
Smiles, Sam and Moser, Stephanie (eds.) (2005) Envisioning the past: archaeology and the image , Malden, US, Oxford, GB, Blackwell, 264pp. (New Interventions in Art History).
Keay, Simon and Moser, S. (eds.) (2004) Greek art in view. Papers in honour of Brian A. Sparkes, Oxford, GB, Oxbow Books
Moser, Stephanie (1998) Ancestral Images. The iconography of human antiquity, Ithaca, US, Cornell University Press, 224pp.

Book Section

Moser, Stephanie (2012) Archaeological visualisation: early artifact illustration and the birth of the archaeological image. In, Hodder, Ian (ed.) Archaeological Theory Today, 2nd Edition. Chichester, GB, Polity Press, 292-322.
Moser, Stephanie (2012) Archaeological visualisation: early artefact illustration and the birth of the archaeological image. In, Hodder, Ian (ed.) Archaeological Theory Today. Cambridge, GB, Polity Press, 292-322.
Moser, Stephanie (2009) Archaeological representation: the consumption and creation of the past. In, Cunliffe, Barry, Gosden, Chris and Joyce, Rosemary A. (eds.) The Oxford Book of Archaeology. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 1048-1077.
Smiles, Sam and Moser, Stephanie (2005) Introduction [to]: The Image in Question. In, Moser, Stephanie and Smiles, Sam (eds.) Envisioning the Past. Oxford, UK; Malden, Massachussetts, USA, Blackwell, 1-12. (New Interventions in Art History).
Moser, Stephanie (2003) Transforming Archaeology Through Practice: Strategies for Collaborative Archaeology and the Community Archaeology Project at Quseir, Egypt. In, Brown, Alison K. and Peers, Laura (eds.) Museums and Source Communities: A Routledge Reader. London, UK; New York, US, Routledge, 208-226.
Moser, Stephanie (2001) Archaeological representation: the visual Conventions for constructing knowledge about the past. In, Hodder, Ian (ed.) Archaeological Theory Today. Cambridge, UK, Polity Press, 262-283.
Moser, Stephanie (1999) The dilemma of didactic displays. Habitat dioramas, life-groups and reconstructions of the past. In, Merriman, N. (ed.) Making Early Histories in Museums. London, GB, Frances Pinter, 65-116.
Moser, Stephanie and Gamble, Clive (1997) Revolutionary images: the iconic vocabulary for representing human antiquity. In, Molyneaux, B. (ed.) The Cultural Life of Images: Visual Representation in Archaeology. London, GB, Routledge, 184-218.
Moser, S. (1996) Visual representation in archaeology: depicting the missing-link in human origins. In, Baigrie, Brian S. (ed.) Picturing Knowledge: Historical and Philosophical problems Concerning the Use of Art in Science. Toronto, CA, University of Toronto Press, 184-214.
Moser, S. (1996) Science and social values: presenting archaeological findings in museum displays. In, Smith, L. and Clarke, A. (eds.) Issues in Management Archaeology. St Lucia, Australia, Tempus Press, 32-42.
Moser, S. (1995) The ‘Aboriginalisation' of Australian archaeology: the contribution of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies to the indigenous transformation of the discipline. In, Ucko , Peter J. (ed.) Theory in Archaeology. A World Perspective. London, GB, Routledge, 150-177.
Moser, S. (1994) Building the discipline of Australian archaeology: Fred McCarthy at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. In, Sullivan, M., Brockwell, S. and Webb, A. (eds.) Archaeology in the North. Proceedings from the Australian Archaeology Conference, Darwin 1993. Proceedings from the Australian Archaeology Conference, Darwin 1993 Darwin, AU, North Australian Research Unit, Australian National University, 17-29.
Moser, S. (1993) Gender stereotyping in pictorial reconstructions of human origins. In, du Cros, Hilary and Smith, Laurajane (eds.) Women in Archaeology: A Feminist Critique. Canberra, AU, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, 75-92. (Occasional Papers in Prehistory, 23).


Research Interests

Research projects I have recently brought to completion are 'Archaeology and Egyptomania: art, design and the development of Egyptology in Britain' (funded by the British Academy - Senior Research Fellowship) and the 'Visualisation in Archaeology' Project (funded by English Heritage).  The results of the former are presented in the book Designing Antiquity, where the role of nineteenth century designers in creating new understandings of ancient Egypt is analysed, with a primary focus on the work of Owen Jones (1809-1874), who was responsible for designing a series of pioneering exhibits on the ancient world at the Crystal Palace at Sydenham in 1854.  Results of the 'Visualisation in Archaeology' Project have been written up in a Strategic Report for English Heritage 2012, and published in several articles on the history and nature of imaging practices in archaeology (Moser 2012, in press; Perry 2011).  An overview of the work presented at the three annual workshops and the international conference held as part of this research project are presented on the VIA website.

I am Director of the Visualisation Team now working at the Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk in Turkey, where I am setting up a research program that addresses both the contemporary and historic representation of the site. I am also currently undertaking research on the history of antiquarian illustration in Britain and setting up a major project with Dr Hannah Sackett on public engagement with the past through creative writing and the image.

Research project

British art, archaeology and the discovery of ancient Egypt

This project is investigating how British history and genre painting contributed to the formation of ideas about ancient Egypt. It will analyse the Egyptian-themed works of three leading history painters (Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Edward Poynter and Edwin Long), aiming to establish how their paintings labelled, categorised and defined ancient Egypt as a culture.

Teaching Responsibilities

PhD Supervision

I am to undertake PhD supervision in archaeological visualisation, the representation of archaeology in public sector and the history of archaeology.

Current PhD topics I am supervising or advising on are:

  • Public engagement in Hampshire archaeology;
  • Community archaeology in Hampshire;
  • The use of digital technology in museum exhibition and visitor reception;
  • The potential of artefact replicas in museum display


Professor Stephanie Moser
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/3035

Telephone: (023) 8059 4207
Facsimile: (023) 8059 3032