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Jennifer Ross

Jennifer C. Ross

Professor of Art & Archaeology
Tel: 301-696-3777
Office: Tatem Arts Center, Room 103
Office hours: Wednesdays: 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.; Fridays: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; and by appointment


I specialize in the archaeology, cultures, and history of the ancient Near East, particularly Mesopotamia. I am interested in both the artifacts and textual record of ancient Sumer, and my research focuses on the history of technology, as approached through these two types of evidence.
Since 2003, I have been a member of an international team excavating the site of Çadir Höyük in central Turkey. Our site shows evidence of occupation ranging from the 6th millennium B.C. through the Byzantine period. Hood students have been members of this team since 2004.
At Hood, I coordinate the concentration in Archaeology within the Art major, and the Archaeology minor. My courses include classes on ancient art, archeology, and mythology.

Courses taught

  • ART 230 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ART 340 Art of Prehistory
  • ART 349 Art of Egypt & Mesopotamia
  • CL 202 Mythology
  • CL 302 Classical Mythology
  • HON 301 Images of Women
  • INST 312 Archaeology



  • “Representations, Reality and Ideology.” Forthcoming in Archaeology of the Near East, Blackwell.
  • “Gender in Archaeology,” report on sessions at ASOR annual conference, 2001. NIN: Journal of Gender Studies in Antiquity 2 (2001): 157-71.
  • "Text and Subtext: Politics and Precious Metals in Old Akkadian Mesopotamia." Historiography in the Cuneiform World, Part I. Harvard University Press, 2001.
  • "Gold in Pre-Islamic Persia." Encyclopaedia Iranica XI/1 (2001): 68-72.