Jones, Christopher

Field: Ancient; Advisor: Van de Mieroop; Year: 2014

Christopher W. Jones specializes in the history of the ancient Near East with a focus on the Neo-Assyrian Empire in the 9th to 7th centuries BC. His dissertation seeks to understand the structure and functions of the Assyrian imperial system in the 8th and 7th centuries, with a special focus on communication, centers of power and relations between the core and the periphery.
Christopher's full CV can be found here.


2011 – B.A., Peace, War & Defense, Ancient & Medieval History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
2014 – M.A., Biblical Archaeology, Wheaton College.
2016 – M.A., History, Columbia University.
2017 – M.Phil, History, Columbia University.


Since 2014, Christopher has been also been active in documenting the destruction of antiquities in Iraq and Syria through his blog Gates of Nineveh. His work on the topic has been cited online or in print in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Mother Jones, Le Figaro, Al Jazeera, The Global Dispatch, El Mundo, The Guardian, El Pais, The Atlantic, Fox News,, War is Boring and National Geographic. He has also been a contributor to Hyperallergic and Apollo and has appeared on BBC Radio 5 and Huffington Post Live.

In addition to his work on his dissertation and on cultural heritage issues, Christopher is a staff member for the Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Tell es-Safi/Gath in Israel, where he has excavated the Philistine city for the past three summers. Christopher has TA'd classes in Greek, Roman and Jewish history in Columbia's history department. He helped plan the conference on "Refuge and Refugees in the Ancient World" which was held from November 11-12, 2016 and also founded an interdepartmental graduate workshop at Columbia dedicated to the study of the ancient Near East.