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Olivia Jones, Ph.D.



Olivia A. Jones obtained her B.A from WVU with a double major in history and anthropology. She then completed M.A. in Aegean archaeology at University College London in the United Kingdom. She worked in contract archaeology in the eastern US for a few years and participated in academic archaeology projects in Greece. She has been an adjunct instructor for WVU from 2011-2012, and again in 2017. In addition, she is currently finishing her doctoral dissertation with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. 

Her teaching specialties include human osteology and the anthropology of death and mortuary practices. She is passionate about helping students think critically about the role of science and culture in forensic settings and archaeological contexts. Her teaching experience includes both traditional lecture based courses, hands-on laboratory instruction, and training students in field excavation.  

Ms. Jones' doctoral research examines mortuary practices in Mycenaean (Late Bronze Age) Greece. Her dissertation aims to approach mortuary practices with a bioarchaeological methodology that incorporates archaeological context and human remains in a problem-oriented framework. In addition to teaching and doctoral research, she is employed as the bioarchaeologist on two projects in Greece and is developing a post-doctoral project on pathology in infant human remains. 

Courses Taught

  • SOCA 105 Introduction to Anthropology
  • SOCA 393 Anthropology of Death
  • SOCA 393A Introduction to Human Osteology
  • SOCA 393B Archaeology of Greece and Rome 
  • SOCA 393H Bioarchaeology