Jacob Engstrom

Jacob M Engstrom

Graduate Assistant

Professional Summary

Jacob Engstrom is a PhD student specializing in Aegean Prehistory. He received his BA Honours with Distinction in Greek and Roman Studies from the University of Victoria, Canada, in 2020. He defended his MA thesis at UC in 2022, offering a critical and integrative historiographical analysis of the UC Troy Expedition undertaken by Carl W. Blegen during the 1930s based on research in the Department's archives. Jacob's research interests focus on funerary archaeology, especially funerary landscapes and burial practices on the Middle and Late Bronze Age Greek mainland. He is also interested in settlement archaeology and communities of practice on the Greek mainland and adjacent islands, transcultural interactions and cultural entanglement in Aegean prehistory, cultural resilience, and regional variation. He holds further research interests in the archaeology of post-antique Greece, Hellenism and Philhellenism, and the history of archaeology in the Aegean. Ongoing projects include the study of an incised marble slab bearing the image of a helmeted warrior from the Bronze Age site of Ayia Irini, Kea, and collaborative research on the Archaic-Classical lead figurines from the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia in Sparta.

Jacob is currently a trench supervisor with the Palace of Nestor Excavations at Pylos. He has also worked with the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project as a trench supervisor and small finds analyst and served as a trench supervisor with the Olynthos Project.


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


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 .New Orleans, LA. Conference. Level:International