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Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

2018    Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California San Diego

2012    C.Phil., Anthropology, University of California San Diego

2010    M.A., Anthropology, University of California San Diego

2007    B.A., Anthropology, cum laude, University of Massachusetts Amherst

2007    B.A., English, cum laude, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

Publications

Articles

Howland, Matthew D., Ian W. N. Jones, Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2018. "Quantifying the effects of erosion on archaeological sites with low-altitude aerial photography, structure from motion, and GIS: A case study from southern Jordan." Journal of Archaeological Science 90: 62-70.

Jones, Ian W. N., Erez Ben-Yosef, Brita Lorentzen, Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2017. “Khirbat al-Mana'iyya: an early Islamic-period copper-smelting site in south-eastern Wadi 'Araba, Jordan.Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 28(2): 297-314.

Jones, Ian W. N. 2017. “Fuel Provisioning for the Copper Industry in Islamic Period Southern Jordan.“ Palestine Exploration Quarterly 149(1): 87-90.

Jones, Ian W. N., Thomas E. Levy, and Mohammad Najjar. 2012. “Khirbat Nuqayb al-Asaymir and Middle Islamic Metallurgy in Faynan: Surveys of the Wadi al-Ghuwayb and Wadi al-Jariya in Faynan, Southern Jordan.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 368: 67-102.

Levy, Thomas E., Mohammad Najjar, Aaron D. Gidding, Ian W. N. Jones, Kyle A. Knabb, Kathleen Bennallack, Matthew Vincent, Alex Novo Lamosco, Ashley Richter, Craig Smitheram, Lauren D. Hahn, and Sowparnika Balaswaminathan. 2012. “The 2011 Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP): Excavations and Surveys in the Faynan Copper Ore District, Jordan.” Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 56: 423-445.

Savage, Stephen H., Thomas E. Levy, and Ian W. N. Jones. 2012. “Prospects and problems in the use of hyperspectral imagery for archaeological remote sensing: a case study from the Faynan copper mining district, Jordan.” Journal of Archaeological Science 39(2): 407-420.

Books

Levy, Thomas E., and Ian W. N. Jones, eds. 2018. Cyber-Archaeology and Grand Narratives: Digital Technology and Deep-Time Perspectives on Culture Change in the Middle East. One World Archaeology. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Book Chapters

Jones, Ian W. N. 2018. “Rural Communities and Labor in the Middle Islamic Period Southern Levant.” In The Social Archaeology of the Levant: From Prehistory to the Present. Assaf Yasur-Landau, Yorke M. Rowan, and Eric H. Cline, eds. Pp. 478-491. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2018. “The Arabah Copper Industry in the Islamic Period: Views from Faynan and Timna.” In Mining for Ancient Copper: Essays in Memory of Beno Rothenberg. Erez Ben-Yosef, ed. Pp. 332-342 Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology.

Jones, Ian W. N., and Thomas E. Levy. 2018. "Cyber-Archaeology and Grand Narratives: Where Do We Currently Stand?" In Cyber-Archaeology and Grand Narratives: Digital Technology and Deep-Time Perspectives on Culture Change in the Middle East, Thomas E. Levy and Ian W. N. Jones, eds. Pp. 1-17. One World Archaeology. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Jones, Ian W. N. 2016. “Beyond Iron Age Landscapes: Copper Mining and Smelting in Faynan in the 12th-14th Centuries CE.” In Landscapes of the Islamic World: Archaeology, History, and Ethnography. Stephen McPhillips and Paul D. Wordsworth, eds. Pp. 111-128. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2014. “‘Not Found in the Order of History’: Toward a ‘Medieval’ Archaeology of Southern Jordan.” In From West to East: Current Approaches in Medieval Archaeology. Scott D. Stull, ed. Pp. 179-205. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.

Knabb, Kyle A., Ian W. N. Jones, Thomas E. Levy, and Mohammad Najjar. 2014. “Patterns of Iron Age Mining and Iron Age Settlement in Jordan’s Faynan District – The Wadi al-Jariya Survey in Context.” In New Insights into the Iron Age Archaeology of Edom, Southern Jordan. Levy, T. E., M. Najjar, and E. Ben-Yosef, eds. Pp. 577-625. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press.

Levy, Thomas E., Mohammad Najjar, Thomas Higham, Yoav Arbel, Adolfo Muniz, Erez Ben-Yosef, Neil G. Smith, Marc Beherec, Aaron Gidding, Ian W. N. Jones, Daniel Frese, Craig Smitheram, and Mark Robinson. 2014. “Excavations at Khirbat en-Nahas 2002–2009: Unearthing an Iron Age Copper Production Center in the Lowlands of Edom (Southern Jordan).” In New Insights into the Iron Age Archaeology of Edom, Southern Jordan. Levy, T. E., M. Najjar, and E. Ben-Yosef, eds. Pp. 89-245. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press.

Savage, Stephen H., Thomas E. Levy, and Ian W. N. Jones. 2013. “Archaeological Remote Sensing in Jordan’s Faynan Copper Mining District with Hyperspectral Imagery.” In Mapping Archaeological Landscapes from Space. Comer, D. C. and M. J. Harrower, eds. Pp. 97-110. SpringerBriefs in Archaeology. New York: Springer.

 

Conference Activity

Sessions Organized

2014    (with Kathleen Bennallack.) “Stepping Away from Grand Narratives: Quotidian Events in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean.” Session at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, April 23-27, 2014.

Conference Papers

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2019. “Martyrs, Monks, and Miners: The Shifting Landscapes of the Faynan Region, Southern Jordan.” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, January 3-6, 2019.

Jones, Ian W. N. 2018. “‘Isn’t That a Little Racist, Dr. Jones?’, or What I Learned Trying to Explain ASOR to High School Students.” American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 14-17, 2018.

Jones, Ian W. N. 2018. “Early Islamic (ca. 8th-10th century) copper industry in the southern Wadi ‘Araba.” Industry and Industrialism in the Late Antique and Early Islamic Near East Workshop, Chicago, IL, October 18-19, 2018.

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2017. “An Assemblage without a Slash: Ayyubid Ceramics from Khirbat Nuqayb al-Asaymir, Faynan, Southern Jordan.” American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 15-18, 2017.

Jones, Ian W. N. 2017. "The Copper Mines of Faynan and the Economy of Southern Jordan during the 12th and 13th Centuries AD." San Diego Archaeology Center 1st Annual Student Symposium, Escondido, CA, September 30, 2017.

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2017. "Economic Strategies of Provincial Elites in Ayyubid Southern Jordan." Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, March 29-April 2, 2017.

Jones, Ian W. N., Kyle Knabb, Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2016. "Fatimid and Crusader Settlement in Southern Jordan: Neither Fatimid nor Crusader?" American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 16-19, 2016.

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2016. “Miner Sins: Archaeological Evidence for Gambling at Khirbat Nuqayb al-Asaymir, a Copper Mining Village in Faynan, Southern Jordan.” 13th International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, May 22-26, 2016.

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2016. “The Copper Mines of Faynan and the Economy of Southern Bilad al-Sham during the 12th and 13th Centuries AD.” 10th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Vienna, Austria, April 25-29, 2016.

Bennallack, Kathleen, Mohammad Najjar, Ian W. N. Jones, and Thomas E. Levy. 2016. “Water, Environment, and Post-‘Collapse’ Life in the Late Neolithic of Jordan.” 10th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Vienna, Austria, April 25-29, 2016.

Jones, Ian W. N. 2016. “Miners or Pilgrims? A New Interpretation of the Faynan Region (Southern Jordan) in Late Antiquity.” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, January 8-11, 2016.

Lorentzen, Brita, Ian W. N. Jones, and Thomas E. Levy. 2015. “Usage and Management of Woodlands Fueling Middle Islamic Period Copper Production in the Faynan, Jordan.” American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 18-21, 2015.

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2015. “Outdoor Miners: The Last Day of Work at a Medieval Copper Producing Village in Southern Jordan.” UCSD Anthropology Graduate Student Association Symposium, La Jolla, CA, May 1, 2015.

Jones, Ian W. N. 2015. “Questioning Technological and Economic ‘Decline’ in the Medieval Rural Levant.” Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 15-19, 2015.

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2014. “Settlement and Economy in Faynan (Southern Jordan) at the Byzantine-Islamic Transition.” American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 19-22, 2014.

Jones, Ian W. N. 2014. “The Decline and Fall of the Byzantine East: Reflections on a Persistent Archaeological Myth.” UCSD Anthropology Graduate Student Association Symposium, La Jolla, CA, May 9, 2014.

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2014. “Outdoor Miners: The Last Day of Work at a Medieval Copper Producing Village in Southern Jordan.” Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, April 23-27, 2014.

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2013. “Life in a Mining Village: Insights from Domestic and Public Buildings at Middle Islamic Khirbat Nuqayb al-Asaymir, Faynan, Jordan.” American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, November 20-23, 2013.

Jones, Ian W. N., Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2013. “Copper Mines, Sugar Mills, and the Medieval Economy of Southern Jordan.” Conference on Medieval Archaeology, Cortland, NY, October 5, 2013.

Jones, Ian W. N., Thomas E. Levy, and Mohammad Najjar. 2013. “The ‘Araba Copper Industry in the Islamic Period: The View from Faynan.” UCSD Anthropology Graduate Student Association Symposium, La Jolla, CA, April 26, 2013.

Jones, Ian W. N., Thomas E. Levy (presenter), and Mohammad Najjar. 2013. “The ‘Araba Copper Industry in the Islamic Period: The View from Faynan.” Mining for     Copper: Environment, Culture and Copper in Antiquity, In Memory of Professor Beno Rothenberg, Timna Park, Israel, April 22-25, 2013.

Knabb, Kyle A., Ian W. N. Jones (co-presenter), Thomas E. Levy, and Mohammad Najjar. 2013. “New Evidence for Fatimid Period Rural Settlement in Southern Jordan.” Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, April 3-7, 2013.

Jones, Ian W. N. 2013. “Technological Narratives, Grand and Small: Where Do We Currently Stand?” Seventh     World Archaeological Congress, Dead Sea, Jordan, January 13-18, 2013.

Jones, Ian W. N., Thomas E. Levy, and Mohammad Najjar. 2012. “Beyond Iron Age Landscapes: Copper Mining and Smelting in Faynan in the 13th Century AD.” Materiality of the Islamic Rural Economy Workshop, MIRI, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 24-25, 2012.

Conference Posters

Jones, Ian W. N., Thomas E. Levy, and Mohammad Najjar. 2010. “The Organization of Middle Islamic Copper Exploitation at Khirbat Nqeib Aseimer, Faynan, Jordan.” American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, 2010, Atlanta, GA.

 

Archaeological Fieldwork

2017    Madaba Plains Project, Balua' Regional Archaeology Project – Surveyor, Digital Archaeologist

2015    Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project, Jabal al-Minshar Survey – Surveyor

2012    Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project – Supervisor, Excavations at Khirbat Faynan and Khirbat Nuqayb al-Asaymir

2011    Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project – Supervisor, Excavation at Khirbat Nuqayb al-Asaymir; Assistant Supervisor, Excavations at Khirbat Hamra Ifdan and Khirbat Faynan

2009    Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project, Excavations at Khirbat en-Nahas – Registrar, Assistant Laboratory Supervisor, Excavator

2009    Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project, Wadi Feid Expedition – Survey Team Member

2009    Tell es-Safi/Gath Project – Excavator/Student

 

Teaching

California State University, San Marcos

Anthropology (Upper Division), Archaeology of the Holy Land: Bridging Past and Present (Fall 2018)

Anthropology (Upper Division), Environment, Population, and Culture (Fall 2018)

San Diego State University

Anthropology (Graduate), Seminar in Archaeology (Spring 2019)

Anthropology (Upper Division), Principles of Archaeology (Spring 2019)

UC San Diego

Instructor of Record

Anthropology (Upper Division), Archaeology in the Holy Land (Summer 2014)

Teaching Assistant

Making of the Modern World 15 (Sophomore Level): The Twentieth Century and Beyond (Summer 2016, Summer 2015, Spring 2014)

Making of the Modern World 14 (Sophomore Level): Revolution, Industry and Empire (Summer 2015, Winter 2014, Fall 2013)

Making of the Modern World 13 (Freshman Level): New Ideas and Cultural Encounters (Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013)

Making of the Modern World 12 (Freshman Level): Classical and Medieval Traditions (Winter 2016, Winter 2015, Winter 2013)

Making of the Modern World 11 (Freshman Level): Pre-history and Ancient Foundations (Fall 2015)

Making of the Modern World 121 (Transfer Students): Exploring the Pre-Modern World (Fall 2016, Fall 2014)

Making of the Modern World 3 (Freshman Level): The Medieval Heritage (Spring 2010, Spring 2009)

Making of the Modern World 2 (Freshman Level): The Great Classical Traditions (Winter 2010, Winter 2009)

Making of the Modern World 1 (Freshman Level): Prehistory and the Birth of Civilization (Fall 2010)

Reader

Anthropology (Upper Division), Planet of the Apes: Evolution and Ecology of the Great Apes (Winter 2017)

History (Upper Division), History through Film: World War II in Europe (Spring 2017)

Study of Religion (Upper Division), Islam in America: Identity, Race, and Faith (Winter 2017)

Teaching Awards

2015     Donald Tuzin TA Excellence Award, UCSD Making of the Modern World Program

 

2018    ECA Junior Research Fellowship, W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem.

2017    ACOR-CAORC Fellowship, American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, Jordan.

2016    UCSD Dean of Social Sciences Travel Fund Award, 10th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Vienna, Austria

2016    AIA Graduate Student Travel Award, AIA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

2015    UCSD CISA3/QI NSF IGERT-TEECH Research Grant — (with Kyle A. Knabb) “Evaluating New Strategies for Disseminating Characterizations of Archaeological Ceramic Fabrics”

2014    Palestine Exploration Fund Research Grant — “Fuel Provisioning for the Copper Industry in Islamic Period Southern Jordan”

2014    UCSD CISA3/QI NSF IGERT-TEECH Research Grant — “Petrographic Informatics: Characterization and Sourcing of Islamic Ceramics from Faynan, Southern Jordan”

2013    ASOR Annual Meeting Travel Grant, ASOR Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD

2013    UCSD Dean of Social Sciences Travel Fund Award, Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI

2012    UCSD Judaic Studies Travel Award, Seventh World Archaeological Congress, Dead Sea, Jordan

2012    NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) – Training, Research and Education in Engineering for Cultural Heritage Diagnostics (TEECH), Award #DGE-0966375

2011    NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) – Training, Research and Education in Engineering for Cultural Heritage Diagnostics (TEECH), Award #DGE-0966375

2010    ASOR Annual Meeting Travel Grant, ASOR Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA

2010    UCSD Judaic Studies Travel Award, ASOR Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA

2009    Biblical Archaeology Society Dig Scholarship

2009    UCSD Judaic Studies Travel Award, Excavation in Israel and Jordan

2009    UCSD Judaic Studies Travel Award, Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, Stanford, CA

2008    UCSD Judaic Studies Travel Award, ASOR Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

Awards and Scholarships

 

2017-present    Graduate Student Affiliate, UC San Diego Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability, Prof. Thomas E. Levy, PI.

2008-present    Research Assistant, UC San Diego Levantine and Cyber-Archaeology Laboratory, Prof. Thomas E. Levy, PI.

2013-2015    NSF IGERT Associate, Center for Interdisciplinary Science in Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3), California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CalIT2) at the Qualcomm Institute (QI), UCSD, Prof. Falko Kuester and Prof. Thomas E. Levy, PIs.

2010-2012    NSF IGERT Trainee, Center for Interdisciplinary Science in Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3), California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CalIT2), UCSD, Prof. Falko Kuester and Prof. Thomas E. Levy, PIs.

2006-2007    Undergraduate Researcher, Northeast Instream Habitat Program, Amherst, MA.

Research Experience