Janet Jones

Professor of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Areas of  Interest

  • Professor Jones works in the area of ancient technology, environmental history, and cultural landscape.
  • As a field archaeologist, Professor Jones has done fieldwork at Gritille Hoyuk and Gordion (Turkey), at Carthage (Tunisia) and at Eleon (Greece). She serves as a glass specialist for excavations at el-Lejjun, Aqaba, and Humayma (Jordan) and Gordion.

Teaching Areas

  • Egyptian, Greek, and Roman archaeology
  • Ancient technology
  • Preindustrial environmental history
  • The age of Alexander the Great
  • Hellenistic history and culture

Research Areas

  • Ancient technology, particularly ancient glass production
  • Cultural landscape

Selected Publications

"Core-Formed Vessels from Gordion, Central Turkey (First Millennium BCE):  Chemical Investigations of Archaeological Questions," with W. Reade and K. Privat, in Annales du 19e Congrès de l'Association pour l'Histoire du Verre, Piran, Slovenia, 2015.

"Landscapes are Ruins: Understanding Site Environmental History through Landscape Biography" with B. Marsh in O. Harmanşah, ed., Of Rocks and Water: Towards an Archaeology of Place.  Joukowsky Institute Publications 5. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2014.

"Glass," Ch. 14 in J.P. Oleson and R. Schick, Humayma, Excavation Project 2: Nabataean Campground and Necropolis, Byzantine Churches, and Early Islamic Domestic Structures. American Schools of Oriental Research, Archaeological Reports 18, Boston, 2013.