1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Jeffrey Nicola

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.


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