Jack Davis

Jack L. Davis

Professor, Department Head

Blegen Library


A&S Classics - 0226

Professional Summary

Jack L. Davis is Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology. In 1993 he came to the University of Cincinnati from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he had taught since 1977. In Greece Professor Davis has directed archaeological regional studies projects on the island of Keos, in the Nemea Valley, and in the area of the Palace of Nestor in Messenia. He participated in the publication of excavations on Keos and on Melos and is an authority in the archaeology of the Aegean islands ("Review of Aegean Prehistory: The Islands of the Aegean," in T. Cullen [ed.], Aegean Prehistory: A Review (Boston: Archaeological Institute of America) 19-94 and C. Shelmerdine [ed.], Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age (Cambridge University Press) 186-208. Other research interests include the history and archaeology of Ottoman and early modern Greece and the history of Classical archaeology, in particular its relationship to nationalist movements in the Balkans. Currently Davis is directing regional studies and excavations in Albania, in the hinterlands of the ancient Greek colonies of Durrachium/Epidamnos and Apollonia, and is also engaged in a project to publish unpublished finds from Blegen's excavations at the Palace of Nestor. His books include: Papers in Cycladic Prehistory (Los Angeles 1979); Keos V. Ayia Irini: Period V (Mainz 1986); Landscape Archaeology as Long-Term History: Northern Keos in the Cycladic Islands (Los Angeles 1991), winner of the Jo Anne Stolaroff Cotsen Prize; Sandy Pylos: An Archaeological History from Nestor to Navarino (University of Texas Press 1998); A Guide to the Palace of Nestor, Mycenaean Sites in Its Environs, and the Hora Museum (American School of Classical Studies at Athens 2001); An Historical and Economic Geography of Ottoman Greece: The Southwestern Morea in the Early 18th Century (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2005); Between Venice and Istanbul: Colonial Landscapes in Early Modern Greece (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2007); Philhellenism, Philanthropy, or Political Convenience (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2013), coedited with Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan; Carl W. Blegen: Personal and Archaeological Narratives (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2015) with Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan and Vivian Florou, and Mycenaean Wall-Painting in Context (Paris and Athens, 2015), edited with Hariclia Brecoulaki and Sharon Stocker. His most recent book is The Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2017), edited with John Bennet.  Davis served as Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens from 2007 until 2012.  Since 2015 he has been codirecting renewed excavations at the Palace of Nestor, together with Sharon Stocker.
In 2020 Davis received the Gold Medal for achievement from the Archaeological Institute of America, the highest award granted by his professional organization.

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_L._Davis


PhD, University of Cincinnati 1977

Research Support

Grant: #011061-002 Investigators:Davis, Jack 07-01-2017 -12-31-2017 J. F. Costopoulos Foundation Preservation of Findings from the Tomb of the Warrior in Pylos Role:PI $8,459.25 Closed Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #SRS 011393 Investigators:Davis, Jack 05-01-2018 -04-30-2019 J. F. Costopoulos Foundation Preservation of Findings from the Tomb of the Warrior in Pylos (Year 2) Role:PI $8,860.00 Closed Level:Private Non-Profit

Research and Practice Interests

Aegean prehistory, survey archaeology, and modern Greek history.