Jan Picton gained a Double First in 1996 at UCL for her MRes thesis on 'Who are you calling a foreigner? Ancient Near Eastern Craft Traditions in Egypt'. She has excavated at Bronze Age sites in Israel (Hazor) and the United Arab Emirates (Kalba) and is currently Deputy Director of the Gurob Harem Palace Project, Faiyum, Egypt, a Bronze Age settlement and palace site (University of Liverpool, University of Copenhagen, UCL).
Jan was the Course Co-ordinator for 'Ancient Egypt in London', an Institute of Archaeology course for JYA students, and lectures widely for societies, Summer Schools and other interest groups.
Jan has been involved with the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology UCL as a student volunteer, as a committee member of the Friends of the Petrie Museum and as Secretary since 2000. She is committed to promoting the interests of the Petrie Museum and to fund-raising for conservation of the objects in the Museum and for the relocation of the museum to a new home.
Her other interests include committee membership of the London Centre for the Ancient Near East (LCANE), and the British Association for Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA). She edits the London Diary for the Ancient Near East.