Jacob Engstrom

Jacob M Engstrom

Graduate Assistant

Professional Summary

Jacob Engstrom is a PhD candidate specializing in Aegean Prehistory with a focus on the Greek mainland and Cycladic islands. For the 2024-25 academic year he is the Heinrich Schliemann Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Jacob's research focuses on social change, cultural resilience, regional variation, and transcultural interactions and cultural entanglements in Aegean prehistory. He is especially interested in processes of social and cultural change throughout the Aegean during Late Helladic IIIC and the transition to the Early Iron Age. His dissertation project takes an assemblage-based approach to changing consumption practices and commensal politics after the abandonment of the Mycenaean palace system. He holds further research interests in the intellectual and political history of archaeology in the Aegean; archives; Hellenism and Philhellenism; and archaeological theory, especially concerning human-thing relations and social entanglements.

Jacob has worked as an excavation supervisor with UC's Palace of Nestor Excavations at Pylos, the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project at Ancient Eleon, and the Olynthos Project.

Before coming to Cincinnati, Jacob earned a BA Honours with Distinction from the University of Victoria. He defended his MA thesis at UC in 2022, offering a critical and integrative historiographical analysis of Carl Blegen's excavations at Troy (1932-38) based on research in the Department's archives. In addition to his dissertation, Jacob maintains ongoing research projects on Ayia Irini, the history of the Department and Blegen's excavations at Troy, and Archaic and Classical votives from the Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia at Sparta.


B.A. Honours: University of Victoria 2020 (Greek and Roman Studies)

M.A.: University of Cincinnati 2023 (Classics)

Research Support

2024 -2025 American School of Classical Studies at Athens Heinrich Schliemann Fellowship

2022 University of Cincinnati Marion and Dorothy Rawson Fellowship

2022 University of Cincinnati Cedric G. Boulter Fellowship


Peer Reviewed Publications

(with G. C. Braun) (2022. ) Lead Figurines from the Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia at Sparta in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Canada): Problems of Typology and Collections History .Annual of the British School at Athens, , 117, ,pp. 195-228

Engstrom, Jacob M. A Marble Engraving of a "Mycenaean" Warrior from Ayia Irini, Kea: "Island Iconography" and Social Context in the Early Late Bronze Age Aegean .Hesperia, ,

Book Chapter

Engstrom, Jacob M. Archive Archaeology and Critical Disciplinary Histories: A Case Study on the Origins of the University of Cincinnati Expedition to the Troad (1932-1938) Trends in Archive Archaeology: Current Research on Fieldwork Archival Material and Its Implications for the Practice of Archaeology .Turnhout, Brepols


Paper Presentations

Engstrom, Jacob M. and Nicholas P. Herrmann (2020. ) Tomb 11 at Ancient Eleon (Boeotia): An Early Mycenaean Ossuary in a Built Funerary Environment .121st AIA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Conference. Level:International

Engstrom, Jacob M. (2023. ) Carl Blegen and Homeric Troy: An Archival History of the Origins and Objectives of the University of Cincinnati Troy Expedition .124th AIA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Conference. Level:International

Engstrom, Jacob M. (2023. ) 'The Royal Bridge': Carl Blegen and the Hellenization of Troy in the Interwar Aegean .ASOR Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Conference. Level:International