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Jessica Nowlin is a Lecturer in Classics who is interested in the archaeology of the western Mediterranean during the 1st millennium BCE, methods of digital recording and preservation, and critical historiography of classical archaeology and art history.  She received her BA in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin, and her PhD in Archaeology in 2016 from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology at Brown University. Her dissertation research was supported by a two-year Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Her research focuses on the local acceptance, adaptation and transformation of imported objects and practices from the eastern Mediterranean by communities in mainland Italy and Sardinia.

Dr. Nowlin has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Belize, Crimea, and in multiple regions in Italy (Basilicata, Calabria, Lazio and Sardinia). Currently, she is co-organizing the Sinis Archaeological Project, a pedestrian field survey near Oristano, with colleagues from the University of Michigan and SUNY Brockport. In addition to teaching courses within Classics, she works as a GIS Specialist with the Center for Archaeological Research at UTSA.

Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Arhaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University (2016)
  • B.A. in Classics and Archaeology,The University of Texas at Austin (2007)

Recent Courses

The University of Texas at San Antonio (2017-present)

Mediterranean Culture and History courses

▪ Intro to Ancient Rome (Spring 2019)

▪ Ancient Egypt (Fall 2018)

▪ Intro to Ancient Greece (Spring 2018, Fall 2018)

▪ Classical Mythology (Spring 2018)

Digital History Courses

▪ Making History in the Digital Age (Graduate Seminar, Department of History, Spring 2019)

▪ Mapping Early San Antonio History (Graduate Seminar, Department of History, Spring 2017) - Assistant Instructor with John Reynolds

Reception Courses

▪ Who Owns the Past? Monuments and Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean (Spring 2018)

Language Courses

▪ Introductory Latin I (Fall 2018)

▪ Introductory Latin II (Spring 2019)

American Academy in Rome

▪ Classical Summer School (Summer 2014 Study Abroad Course in Rome) – Teaching Assistant with Genevieve Gessert

Brown University

▪ Archaeology of College Hill (Fall 2011: Instructor of record; 2010: Teaching Assistant)

▪ Field Archaeology in the Ancient World (Spring 2010: Teaching Assistant)

Research in Progress

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD WORK

2018 – Present The Sinis Archaeological Project, regional landscape survey. Co-director with Linda R. Gosner (The University of Michigan) and Alexander J. Smith (SUNY Brockport).

Recent Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Submitted to editors and accepted: J. Nowlin. Etruria and Anatolia: an ancient relationship framed by the modern views of ‘Orientalization’. In E. Baughan and L. Pieraccini eds. Material Connections and Artistic Exchange: the case of Etruria and Anatolia. (volume submitted to Cambridge University Press for review and contract).

Submitted to editors: J. Nowlin. Funerary Ritual in Iron Age Infant Burials from Area A at Gabii. In L. Banducci and A. Gallone eds. Area A at Gabii. University of Michigan Press.

In preparation:

J. Nowlin. "A Historiography of the term "Orientalizing" within Italian Archaeology." Bulletin of the History of Archaeology.

2018 300th Anniversary Celebration of Béjar: Historical GIS (hGIS) Story Map Projects

Primary Author:

• The Natural Environment of Bexar County
• 12,000 Years of Human History: Prehistoric Bexar County
• Late Prehistoric Era: The Olivas and Barajas Sites

Additional Author:

• The Payaya

GIS Specialist, Digital Advisor, and Editor on all modules

2012 R. Opitz & J. Nowlin. "Photogrammetric Modeling + GIS. Better methods for working with mesh data." ArcUser, Spring 2012: 46-49.

2011 J. Becker & J. Nowlin. "Orientalizing infant burials from Gabii, Italy." BABESCH 86:27-39.

Additional Information

LANGUAGES AND SKILLS

Languages:

Italian (basic speaking and reading knowledge) | German (reading proficiency) | Latin (reading proficiency and teaching) |Ancient Greek (reading proficiency)

Computing:

GIS (ArcGIS 10.5, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online) | R programming & SPSS statistical software | Social Network Analysis Software (UCINET & Gephi) | Relational databases | GPS, GNSS systems | Close-range photogrammetry (Photoscan, Photomodeler, 123D Catch) | UAV Operations: Flight planning and image processing (Drone Deploy, DJI Go, Photoscan)

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD WORK

2018 – Present The Sinis Archaeological Project, regional landscape survey. Co-director with Linda R. Gosner (The University of Michigan) and Alexander J. Smith (SUNY Brockport).

2016 – Present Center for Archaeological Research, University of Texas at San Antonio. Site surveyor, GIS specialist, and photogrammetrist for numerous archaeological monitoring and testing projects throughout San Antonio and Texas.

2016 – 2018 The S’Urachi Project, San Vero Milis, Sardinia, Italy. Brown University. Director: Peter van Dommelen. Site-based survey and excavation.

2009-2013 The Gabii Project, Gabii, Italy. University of Michigan. Photogrammetrist, archaeological surveyor and staff member of the Topography Team.

2008 Pantanello Excavation, Italy. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin. GIS project manager and close-range photogrammetrist.

2007 Metaponto Field Survey, Basilicata, Italy. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin. Pedestrian field walker and GPS/GIS specialist.

2007 Crotone Field Survey, Calabria, Italy. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin. Pedestrian field walker and GPS/GIS specialist.

2005-2006 Chersonesos Project, Sevastopol, Ukraine. Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin. 1st year: excavator; 2nd year: archaeological surveyor.

2004 The Programme for Belize Archaeological Project, Orange Walk, Belize. Excavator

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