1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Jeffrey Nicola

Fieldwork Completed

B.A. Northwestern University 1994
M.A. University of Virginia 1997
M.B.A. College of William & Mary 2000
 

P.O. Box 400120

As an undergraduate, I double-majored in Anthropology and Classics, and was one course short of a minor in geography. I was fortunate to have worked as a zooarchaeological research assistant to Professor Gil Stein for two years, graduated with Anthropology honors, and received Northwestern’s annual Charles D. Hurd award for independent research (archaeology). While attending UVA, I focused my elective coursework on three things: 1) depth in a geographic area and sub-discipline (Near Eastern archaeology), 2) further development of an archaeological sub-specialty skill (zooarchaeology), and 3) complementary socio-cultural courses that would provide additional practical skills needed in archaeology (e.g., “Problems of Visual Documentation”) and assist in the theoretical exploration of my primary focus (e.g., “Power and the Body” to offer a different perspective as to how elites vs. non-elites interact and behave in various cultures). My fieldwork experience consists of seven seasons of excavation in Southeast and Central Turkey, spanning the 4th millennium BC to the Ottoman Empire (15 to 17th Century A.D.).

Additionally, I possess seven years of zooarchaeology lab experience (assemblages from the Neolithic to the Iron Age), have seven publications (four Near Eastern archaeology articles, and three non-archaeology works), and was given the great opportunity to serve as a UVA teaching assistant for seven semesters. Lastly, while at the University, I spent four years working as an Anthropology Tutor for the Athletic Department. After spending nearly fifteen years in the business world, it was time to return, and complete my journey. My current interests lie at the intersection of food taboos, social status, and zooarchaeology in complex societies. Addition interests lie in the archaeology of the earliest known mercantile centers (Assyrian Colony), as well as the archaeology of empires (Hittites), along with their associated philological remains.

Specializations

Turkish Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Archaeology of Taboo, Late Chalcolithic, Assyrian Colony, "Greek Dark Ages", Hittite Empire, Statistics, and Geographic Settlement Systems.

Graduate Students

Haytham Althubaiti
Pre-Fieldwork
Cory-Alice Andre-Johnson
Conducting Field Research
Jeffrey Attridge
Pre-Fieldwork
Julia Barnes
Pre-Fieldwork
Irtefa Binte-Farid
Fieldwork Completed
Lee Bloch
Fieldwork Completed
Erika Brant
Fieldwork Completed
Alison Broach
Fieldwork Completed
Tracie Canada
Conducting Field Research
Jacqueline Cieslak
Fieldwork Completed
Dannah Dennis
Fieldwork Completed
Brandon Dillard
Pre-Fieldwork
Bremen Donovan
Conducting Field Research
Grace East
Pre-Fieldwork
Kyle Edwards
Conducting Field Research
Anna Eisenstein
Fieldwork Completed
Johnathan Favini
Pre-fieldwork
Macario Garcia
Fieldwork Completed
Ann Githinji
Fieldwork Completed
Julia Jong Haines
Completed Fieldwork
Ida Hoequist
Pre-Fieldwork
Carolyn Howarter
Fieldwork Completed
Erin Jordan
Pre-Fieldwork
Jiyeon Kang
Conducting Field Research
Dionisios Kavadias
Fieldwork Completed
Kristin LaHatte
Fieldwork Completed
Sue Ann McCarty
Fieldwork Completed
Zachary McKeeby
Pre-Fieldwork
Michelle Morgenstern
Conducting Field Research
Nathalie Nahas
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Nicola
Fieldwork Completed
Susan Palazzo
Fieldwork Completed
Mary Pancoast
Fieldwork Completed
Xinyan Peng
Pre-Fieldwork
Natalie Pope
Pre-Fieldwork
Xiaolei Qu
Pre-Fieldwork
Saad Quasem
Pre-Fieldwork
Alessandro Questa
Fieldwork Completed
Grace Reynolds
Fieldwork Completed
Jessica Rigney
Pre-Fieldwork
Giancarlo Rolando
Fieldwork Completed
Ekaterina Sevastakis
Pre-Fieldwork
Harri Siikala
Fieldwork Completed
Sheena Singh
Fieldwork Completed
Gregory Sollish
Pre-Fieldwork
Josh Wayt
Pre-Fieldwork
Michael Wenzel
Conducting Field Research
LuAnn Williams
Fieldwork Completed
Uzma Zafar
Pre-Fieldwork
Mingyun Zhang
Pre-Fieldwork