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Olivia Jones, Ph.D.



Dr. Olivia A. Jones (PhD University of Groningen) obtained her B.A. from WVU and an M.A. from University College London in the United Kingdom prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in Greek archaeology from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Jones’ doctoral research focused on approaching Mycenaean (Late Bronze Age) mortuary practices with a bioarchaeological methodology. Her current research examines Mycenaean infant burial practices and human remains with a multi-faceted methodology including paleopathology and aDNA analyses. Jones is also actively engaged in fieldwork as the bioarchaeologist on multiple projects in Greece.

 In addition to her academic research, Jones has worked in contract archaeology in the eastern US and is currently the Lead Curator at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville, WV. She supervises the research facility and manages the state of West Virginia archaeology collections and assists with NAGPRA inventories, consultations and repatriation.

Dr. Jones’ teaching specialties include human osteology, the anthropology of death, and Classical archaeology. She is passionate about helping students think critically about the role of science in archaeological contexts as well as forensic settings. Her teaching experience includes traditional lecture-based courses, online teaching, hands-on laboratory instruction, and training students in field excavation. She is currently co-Director of the WVU Archaeology Lab:

Selected Publications

Jones, O.A. 2017. “A Bioarchaeological Approach to the Human Remains and Burial Practices” in K. Aktypi The Mycenaean Cemetery at Agios Vasileios, Chalandritsa, in Achaea. Archaeopress: Oxford.

Jones, O.A., J. van der Plicht, L. Papazoglou-Manioudaki, and M. Petropoulos. 2018. “Timing is Everything: Radiocarbon Dating the Multiple Levels in a Mycenaean Tholos”. STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research 3:2. Open access:

Jones, O. A. 2018. “Burial Exclusion or Inclusion: The Demography of Mycenaean Mortuary Practices in Achaia, Greece”. Journal of Greek Archaeology 3: 75-93. 

Jones, O.A. 2018. “Mycenaean Secondary Burial Revisited: legacy data, taphonomy, and the process of burial in Mycenaean Achaia, Greece.” Bioarchaeology International 2 (4): 217-239. 

Aktypi, K., O.A. Jones, and M. Gazis. 2019. “Use and Reuse of the Past: Case Studies from Mycenaean Achaea” Mneme: Past and Memory in the Aegean Bronze Age edited by E. Borgna, I. Caloi, F. Carincia and R. Laffineur.  Aegeaum 43. Peeters: Leuven.

 Courses Taught at WVU

  • 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
  • HIST 201 History of Ancient Times