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Dr Jana Mokrisova

BA (Trent University, Canada), PhD (University of Michigan), FHEA
Lecturer in Ancient Greek History and Archaeology

Contact details

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
Room 223
26 Russell Square

Tel: 0207 631 6826


  • I hold a PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology (University of Michigan).  My research primarily focuses on various aspects of mobility, intercultural contact and transfer, as well as identity in western Anatolia and the Aegean from the Late Bronze Age to the Archaic period.

Research and teaching

  • Research interests
  • My research investigates the connections between mobility, cultural exchange, and identity from methodological perspectives and applies it to western Anatolia and Greece in the late second and the first half of the first millennia BCE. My PhD project brought forth a new theoretical and methodological study of ancient mobilities by re-examining whether the period after the collapse of Late Bronze Age polities (the Hittites of central Anatolia, the Arzawan polities of western Anatolia, and the Mycenaean kingdoms of Greece) witnessed an increase of unidirectional movement from Greece and the Aegean into western Anatolia. Currently, I am working on expanding the themes examined in my thesis in preparation for a monograph exploring how mobility affected the formation and composition of Early Iron Age communities more generally.
  • My new research focuses on technological emergence and transfer with a particular focus on the role of metals. I am a researcher for Project Sideros: Early Iron Technology and Culture History in the Aegean during the Early Iron Age, directed by Dr Marek Verčík (Charles University, Prague), which investigates metallurgical technologies and innovations of the late second and first half of the first millennium BCE in western Anatolia and the Aegean. I am also an associated researcher for the Being an Islander: Art and Identity of the Large Mediterranean Islands research and exhibition project at the Fitzwilliam Museum (University of Cambridge).
  • I have extensive field experience. While my primary research is in Turkey, I have been a part of excavation and survey projects in Greece, Italy, the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, and the USA. Moreover, I have worked as a research assistant on various projects of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (University of Michigan).
  • Teaching
  • My courses focus on cultural interaction and mobility in the ancient Mediterranean and incorporate methodological and theoretical perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, and history to studying the past. I also teach introductory courses on the archaeology and history of the Late Bronze Age – Classical Mediterranean as well as academic research skills and writing.
  • Approaching the Past (Level 4)
  • The Ancient World (Level 4)
  • The Archaeology of Greece and Rome (Level 4)
  • Greeks and ‘the Others’: Mobility and Interactions (Level 6)
  • A World in Motion: Mobility, Networks and Material Culture in Mediterranean Antiquity (MA option)


  • Peer reviewed journal articles
  • Roosevelt, C. H., Luke, C., Ünlüsoy, S., Pavúk, P., Çakırlar, C., Marston, J. M., Pieniążek, P., Mokrišová, J., Scott, C., Shin, N., and F. Slim. 2018. “Exploring Space, Economy, and Interregional Interaction at a Second-Millennium B.C.E. Citadel in Central Western Anatolia: the 2014–2016 Excavations at Kaymakçı.” American Journal of Archaeology 122.4 (October).
  • O’Grady, C., Luke, C., Mokrišová, J., and C. H. Roosevelt. 2018. “‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding and Preserving Mudbrick Architecture in Regional and Diachronic Contexts.’” Cogent Arts & Humanities.
  • Journal Articles
  • Kvirkvelia, G., Ratté, C., Commito, A., Hughes, R., MacCourt, A., Mokrisova, J., and S. Kharabadze. 2014. “Archaeological Excavations at Shuamta in 2010.” Dziebani Journal of Georgian Archaeology 22: 102–123 (in Georgian with English Summary).
  • Chapters in edited volumes
  • 2016. “Minoanisation, Mycenaeanisation, and Mobility: A View from Southwest Anatolia.” In Beyond Thalassocracies. Understanding Processes of Minoanisation and Mycenaeanisation in the Aegean, edited by Gorogianni, E., P. Pavúk, and L. Girella, 43–57. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • In press: Kotsonas, A. and Mokrišová, J. ‘Mobility, Migration, and Colonization.’ In The Wiley Companion to the Archaeology of Early Greece and the Mediterranean, edited by I. Lemos and A. Kotsonas.

Honours and awards

  • Junior Fellow, Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istanbul, Turkey (2015-2016)
  • John L. Caskey Fellow (Regular Member), The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece (2012-2013)