Jesse Obert

M.A. University of California, Berkeley 2018
M.A. University College London 2013
B.A. Boston University 2011

Dissertation: Violence and State Formation on Crete in the Age of Hoplite Warfare, 700-400 BCE

I graduated from Boston University with a double major in Classical Civilizations and Archaeology. In 2013, I received a 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 Greece. Since 2010, I have been working in various roles at the Mochlos Archaeological Project in East Crete. I was a site supervisor between 2013 and 2016, and continue to work with that project as a metals specialist. I am a trained archaeometallurgist and I have several active projects at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, here at UC Berkeley.
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 Archaic and Classical periods. I am also interested in the expanding field of digital humanities and am employing several DH tools in my disseration.
Research interests: 

Classical archaeology, archaeometallurgy, ancient warfare, Greek epigraphy, ancient history, state formation, Cretan history

Jesse Obert