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Jordan Pickett

Assistant Professor

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Park Hall 234
Office Hours:
Mon and Weds 2:30-4:30pm or by appt
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Curriculum Vitae:

Archaeology and architecture, environmental and climate history, historical geography of cities in the Roman, Late Antique, and Byzantine Eastern Mediterranean.


MA and PhD 2015 Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania

BA 2007 Art History, Religious Studies, Medieval History at Indiana University

Selected Publications:

In preparation Roman Aqueducts in Byzantium: Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Transformation,  Interdisciplinary Studies in Premodern History and Environment series (Oxford University Press, 2021)

In preparation “Climate and Society in Southern Anatolia from the Bronze Age to Byzantium: The Kocain Speleothem in Context” for Quaternary Science Review, co-author with Matthew Jacobson (University of Reading, UK).

In press         “Hydraulic Landscapes of Cities in the East Roman World” for Landscapes of Pre-industrial Cities, eds. J. Beardsley and G. Farhat, Landscapes Studies Series (Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2019) [link]

In press         “Conflict Architecture: Making History at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Hebron” for Constructing Sacred Space, eds. V. Marinis, J. Pickett, and A. Papalexandrou (Turnhout: Brepols, 2020?)

Under rev.     “Water and Social Relationships in Byzantine Neighborhoods” for Byzantine Neighborhoods, eds. B. Anderson and F. Kondyli, Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies Series (London: Routledge, 2020?)

Under rev.      “Earthquakes and Urban Adaptation in Late Antiquity” in The Power of Nature: Agency and the Archaeology of Human-Environmental Dynamics, ed. M. Smith (University of Colorado Press, on contract)

2018               Entries in The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, ed. O. Nicholson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), for "baths and bathing", "cisterns and nymphaea", "facades", "octagonal buildings", "Rome, churches of, Lateran (Constantinian) Basilica", and "roofs". [link1/link2]

2018               “Earthquakes as the Quintessential SCE [Short-Term Catastrophic Event]: Methodology and Societal Resilience” for Human Ecology 46, special issue with the Princeton Climate Change and History Research Initiative, eds. J. Haldon, A. Izdebski, and S. White (2018): 1-14 [lead co-author with Lee Mordechai] [link]

2017               “Water and Empire in the de Aedificiis of Procopius” for Dumbarton Oaks Papers 71 (2017): 95-125 [link1/link2]

2016               “Architectural energetics for tumuli construction: the case of the medieval Chungul Kurgan on the Eurasian Steppe” for Journal of Archaeological Science 75 (2016): 101-14 [first author with John Schreck, Renata Holod, Yuriy Rassamakin, Oleksandr Halenko, Warren Woodfin] [link]

2016               “Temples, Churches, Cisterns and Pipes: Water in Late Antique Ephesus,” in De Aquaeductu Atque Aqua Urbium Lyciae Pamphyliae Pisidiae: The Legacy of Sextus Julius Frontinus, International Congress on the History of Water Management and Hydraulic Engineering in the Mediterranean Region. Antalya, October 31 – November 9, 2014, ed. G. Wiplinger, Babesch Annual Papers on Mediterranean Archaeology Supplement 27 (Leuven: Babesch/Peeters, 2016), 297-312 [link]

2016               “The environmental, archaeological and historical evidence for climatic changes and their societal impacts in the Eastern Mediterranean in Late Antiquity”, for Quaternary Science Review 136: 189-208 [2nd co-author with Adam Izdebski, Neil Roberts, Tomasz Waliszweski] [link]

2016                “Water in Byzantium” in Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Belgrade 22-27 August 2016: Round Tables, eds. B. Krasmanović and L. Milanović (Belgrade: AIEB), 835-839 [link]

2014                “Patronage Contested: Archaeology, Crusader Interventions, and the Early Modern Struggle for Possession at the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem,” in Visual Constructs of Jerusalem, eds. Bianca Kühnel, Galit Noga-Banai, Hanna Vorholt = Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, no. 18 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), pp. 35-45 [link]

2013                “The University of Pennsylvania Excavations (1927-1933) in Historical Context: Biblical Archaeology and the Late Antique” and “Religious Devotion in Domestic Contexts”, Late Antique Beth Shean Revisited Issue, Expedition Magazine of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 55.1 (Philadelphia: University Museum Press, Spring 2013): pp. 12-15 and 21-23 [link]

2011                “The Apse Mosaic of Hagia Eirene: the Splendor of Iconoclasm” in Mosaics of Anatolia, ed. G. Sözen (Istanbul, 2011): pp. 309-320 [link]

Undergraduate Programs

UGA Classics explores Greek and Roman culture (material; intellectual; religious) from Troy to Augustine; Classical languages and literatures (Greek, Latin, and in English translation); and the reception of Classical Antiquity with A.B. and M.A. degrees in Classics with multiple areas of emphasis. The Minor in Classical Culture complements degree programs across campus. New to Classics? Take a course with us on campus or in Europe and acquire future-ready skills.

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