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About The Author

My name is Christopher Jones. I am a Ph.D student in ancient Near Eastern history at Columbia University in New York.

My primary research interests focus on the Neo-Assyrian Empire, especially the organization and structure of the Assyrian government and military.

Previously, I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with a B.A. in Peace, War & Defense and Ancient & Medieval History, and a minor in Archaeology. I then graduated from Wheaton College in 2014 with an M.A. in Biblical Archaeology.

Besides the ancient world, I also maintain a research interest in the history of North Carolina, especially during the American Civil War. More information about my academic life can be found below:

Curriculum Vitae

I can also be found, followed and contacted on Twitter, at, on Humanities Commons and at my departmental bio page.

Articles I have written for other publications:

Book Review: Culture in Crisis: Preserving Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones (Washington, DC: The Antiquities Coalition/Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 2017), in Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, and Criticism 15, No. 1 (Summer 2018): 68-77.

Understanding ISIS’s Destruction of Antiquities as a Rejection of Nationalism.” Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies 6, No. 1-2 (2018): 31-58.

Işid Neden Yok Ediyor?Aktüel Arkeoloji No. 52 (Temmuz-Ağustos [July-August] 2016): [in Turkish].

What Central Africa’s War on Poaching Can Teach Us About Fighting the Plunder of Antiquities.” HyperAllergic, July 5, 2016.

The Centre of Learning Destroyed by ISIS in Iraq.” Apollo: The International Art Magazine, June 17, 2016.

Another Treasure Lost in Iraq: The Story of Mar Behnam Monastery.” HyperAllergic, June 23, 2015.

In Battle Against ISIS, Saving Lives or Ancient Artifacts.” HyperAllergic, April 17, 2015.

What ISIS Destroys, Why, and Why We Must Document It.” HyperAllergic, March 6, 2015.

Articles © Christopher Jones 2011-2017.

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