I graduated cum laude from Boston University with a double major in Classical Civilizations and Archaeology. In 2013, I received an M.A. in Ancient History from University College London where I earned a Distinction on my thesis, The Role of Attendants in Ancient Greek Combat. I have worked on archaeological excavation and survey projects in Southern Italy, and I have been working in Eastern Crete since 2010. In 2013, 2014, and 2016, I was the site supervisor of Mochlos in East Crete.
Throughout my academic career, I have sought to understand ancient warfare and its influence on state cohesion, development, and identity. At UC Berkeley, I hope to continue these areas of study and further focus my attention on the role of warfare on ancient state development in the Iron Age and Early Archaic period.
Publications and Presentations:
Obert, J (2016) Alloying with a Purpose: Comparing Object Typologies and Chemical Compositions at Neopalatial Mochlos, Unpublished paper presented at the 117th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (San Francisco, CA).
Obert, J & Kaiser, L (2015) Predictability Modeling in Dorian Crete, Unpublished paper presented at the 116th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (New Orleans, LA).
Obert, J (2014) Putting a Positive Spin on Death in Ancient Greece, AncientPlanet Online Journal, 6, 40-47.
Obert, J (2013) Feeding an Invasion: Xerxes’ Invasion of Greece and Its Logistical Complications, Ancient Warfare, 7(4), 34-38.
Obert, J (2013) The Development of Siege Warfare in Classical Antiquity, AncientPlanet Online Journal, 5, 38-53.
Obert, J (June 2013) Using Funerary Inscriptions to Understand Shifts in Thanatological Thought, Unpublished paper presented at Histfest 2013 (Lancaster University, UK).
Obert, J (2013) Numismatic Iconography of Classical Greece, AncientPlanet Online Journal, 4, 62-71.
Obert, J (March 2013) Archaeological Limitations to Studying Warfare in Antiquity, Unpublished paper presented at IOA MA and MSC Student Conference (University College London, UK)
Obert, J (2012) The Evolution of the Roman Fort, AncientPlanet Online Journal, 3, 143-155.
Obert, J (2012) A Brief History of Greek Helmets, AncientPlanet Online Journal, 2, 48-59.
Obert, J (2012) Digging Up Troy, AncientPlanet Online Journal, 1, 22-37.
Oorthuys, J, Taylor, M, Powell, P L, & Obert, J (13 April 2012) Securing Seas and Shores: Fleets of the Roman Empire [Podcast], Online: The History Network.
Obert, J (2011) Classis Mea: The Personal Relationship between an Emperor and His Navy, Ancient Warfare, 5(5), 34-37.