I graduated 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 am continuing these areas of study with a particular focus on the political and economic development of Crete in the Orientalizing and Early Archaic periods.
Obert, J (June 2016) The Role of Attendants in Classical Greek Combat, The International Ancient Warfare Conference 2016 (Gothenburg, Sweden).
Obert, J (January 2016) Alloying with a Purpose: Comparing Object Typologies and Chemical Compositions at Neopalatial Mochlos, The 117th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (San Francisco, CA).
Obert, J & Kaiser, L (January 2015) Predictability Modeling in Dorian Crete, The 116th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (New Orleans, LA).
Obert, J (June 2013) Using Funerary Inscriptions to Understand Shifts in Thanatological Thought, Histfest 2013 (Lancaster University, UK).
Obert, J (March 2013) Archaeological Limitations to Studying Warfare in Antiquity, The IOA MA and MSC Student Conference (University College London, UK)
Obert, J (2014) Putting a Positive Spin on Death in Ancient Greece, Ancient Planet 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, Ancient Planet Online Journal, 5, 38-53.
Obert, J (2013) Numismatic Iconography of Classical Greece, Ancient Planet Online Journal, 4, 62-71.
Obert, J (2012) The Evolution of the Roman Fort, Ancient Planet Online Journal, 3, 143-155.
Obert, J (2012) A Brief History of Greek Helmets, Ancient Planet Online Journal, 2, 48-59.
Obert, J (2012) Digging Up Troy, Ancient Planet Online Journal, 1, 22-37.
Obert, J (2011) Classis Mea: The Personal Relationship between an Emperor and His Navy, Ancient Warfare, 5(5), 34-37.