Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 115
DegreesUniversity of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
ExpertiseGreek art & archaeology, Aegean prehistory, Bronze & Iron Age Mediterranean, archaeological & conservation science, GIS & digital applications in archaeology, cultural heritage & ethnoarchaeology of Crete, Silk Road, ancient craftsmanship & commodities, cultural hybridity
I am a Mediterranean archaeologist specializing in early Greece and its contacts with the ancient Near East. A representative scholarly publication with this outlook can be found at Harvard CHS. Before earning my Ph.D. in classical archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, I majored in Biophysics and the Classics, which explains in part why I espouse interdisciplinary approaches in research and teaching that bridge the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. At Brandeis, I am appointed in Classical Studies, Chemistry, and Anthropology and heavily involved in the Digital Humanities Laboratory as a founding academic co-director (with A. O. Koloski-Ostrow and L. Muellner) and its managing director. I guide our MA program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies with A. O. Koloski-Ostrow, chair of the department. I regularly teach courses in all four Arts & Sciences schools (Humanities, Science, Social Science, Creative Arts). At MIT, I am a faculty member in the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology. Every spring I help teach its annual introductory archaeological science course (3.985J, ANTH 185a at Brandeis) and regularly participate in its biannual ceramics course (3.984, ANTH 187a/188b at Brandeis).
ProfileAssistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University
Co-Director of Graduate Studies, M.A. program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, Brandeis University
Academic Co-Director, Digital Humanities Laboratory, Brandeis University
Faculty Member, CMRAE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director, ARCHEM Project
Co-Director, Mouliana Project
Associate Director, Kabri Archaeological Project
Managing Committee Representative, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Chair, Technology in Archaeology: Recent Work in the Archaeological Sciences, ASOR Annual Meeting Sponsored Session
Member, Concord Historical Commission and Chair, Archaeology Advisory
Professional Society Memberships: Archaeological Institute of America, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, American Schools of Oriental Research, American Research Center in Egypt, Society for Archaeological Sciences, American Chemical Society
My general research focuses on organic commodities and what their production, exchange, and consumption reveal about ancient Mediterranean societies and their cross-cultural interactions. This has been the impetus behind the ARCHEM Project, which I founded in 2003, and OpenARCHEM, a collaborative online archaeometric database I co-founded in 2016 to better integrate archaeological science into academic research. After a decade of field work, my goal this year is to finish a monograph under contract with Cambridge University Press. My identification of the earliest palatial wine complex at Tel Kabri, where I am Associate Director, was published in PLoS ONE (with A. Yasur-Landau and E. H. Cline) and featured in the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, NPR, Time Magazine, LA Times, Haaretz, Guardian, Spiegel, Donga Ilbo, Live Science, Science Daily, Jezebel, Newsy TV, Wine Spectator, Listverse, and other major media outlets.
On Crete, my research has focused on the western Siteia foothills and the region of Mouliana in particular, which was published in JEMAHS (with M. G. Clinton). We recently secured permission from the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum to study and publish the “Warrior Graves” from the cemetery at Mouliana Sellades in East Crete (moulianaproject.org), which were first excavated over a century ago. These graves span the Bronze and Iron Age (ca. 1200 BCE) during a period of great upheaval reflected in tales about the Trojan War and Sea Peoples (e.g. Philistines). Shortly afterwards, early Greeks adopted the Phoenician alphabet along with other hallmarks of classical Greece that trace their origins to the Near East.
I am a national lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America and serve on its graduate student paper award committee. I have served on the Getty Research Institute selection committee for the National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellowship. I represent Brandeis on the managing committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and chair the American Schools of Oriental Research sponsored session on recent work in the archaeological sciences at its annual meeting. Locally, I am a member of the Concord Historical Commission and chair its archaeology advisory, which has resulted in the Brandeis-Concord archaeological field school on land across the street from the Colonel James Barrett House of Revolutionary War fame. We are on the lookout for the living quarters of freed slaves, whose existence has been orally passed down for generations among abutters, along with evidence for the World War II German POWs known to have worked the fields.
Prospective graduate students interested in a sampling of MA theses written under my guidance should consult the Brandeis Institutional Repository. Webpage
|ANTH||187a||Materials Research in Archaeology, I|
|ANTH||188b||Materials Research in Archaeology, II|
|CHSC||8b||Chemistry and Art|
|CHSC||9a||Materials and Methods in Archaeological Chemistry|
|CLAS||133a||The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece|
|CLAS||135a||The Silk Road: China Looks West, the Mediterranean Looks East|
|CLAS||145b||Topics in Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology|
|CLAS||149b||Sailing the Wine Dark Sea: Global Trade in the Ancient Mediterranean|
|CLAS||187a||Art, Archaeology, and Society in the Holy Land|
|CLAS/FA||186a||The Art and Archaeology of Korea|
|FA||40a||The Gift of the Nile: Egyptian Art and Archaeology|
|FYS||33a||Wonders of the Ancient World|
Awards and Honors
Faculty Associate, Harvard University, Semitic Museum (2017)
Keynote Address for 17th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, University of British Columbia, Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies (2017)
The William A. McDonald Lectureship in Aegean Prehistory, Archaeological Institute of America (2016 - 2017)
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Lecture Series, Harvard University (2014)
Silk Road Lecture Series, Stanford University (2013)
The Clarence and Anne Dillon Dunwalke Lectureship, Archaeological Institute of America (2013 - 2014)
The Donald R. Laing, Jr. Lectureship of the Cleveland Archaeological Society, Archaeological Institute of America (2012 - 2013)
The Frederick R. and Margaret B. Matson Lectureship in Near Eastern Archaeology and World Archaeological Technology, Archaeological Institute of America (2012 - 2013)
The William D. E. Coulson Memorial Lectureship, Archaeological Institute of America (2012 - 2013)
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Colloquium Series, UCLA (2008)
Keynote Address for XIVth Annual Graduate Symposium of the Ancient Mediterranean World, Florida State University (2008)
American Chemical Society Lectureship, Chemical Heritage Foundation (2007)
Research Associate, Museum of Cretan Ethnology Research Centre (2007 - 2014)
Harriett and Leon Pomerance Fellow for Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology, Archaeological Institute of America (2006 - 2007)
Exchange Scholar, Stanford University, Department of Classics and Archaeology Center (2005 - 2006)
Critical Writing Teaching Fellow, Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania (2004 - 2005)
Anna and Oliver Colburn Fellow, American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2003 - 2004)
Charles K. Williams II Fellow, The University of Pennsylvania (2001 - 2003)
Koh, Andrew J.. Luxury Trade and Social Complexity in the Ancient Mediterranean World. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018. (forthcoming)
Koh, Andrew J., Thomas M. Brogan, Vili Apostolakou, Marie Nicole Pareja, Alison M. Crandall, Philip P. Betancourt. "Organic Residue Analysis of the Dye Installation Pottery." Pefka-Alatzomouri. A Middle Minoan Dye Installation in East Crete. Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press, 2017 (forthcoming)
Koh, Andrew J.. "Methods and Approaches: Organic Residue Analysis." The Blackwell Companion to Aegean Art and Architecture. Ed. Louise Hitchcock and Brent Davis. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2017 (forthcoming)
Koh, Andrew J.. "Reconstructing the Palatial Economy through Organic Residues." Tel Kabri II: the 2005-2011 Excavation Seasons. Ed. Assaf Yasur-Landau and Eric H. Cline. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2017 (forthcoming)
Cline Eric H., Assaf Yasur-Landau, Andrew J. Koh. "The Absolute Chronology of the Middle Bronze Age Palace at Tel Kabri: Implications for Aegean-Style Wall Paintings in the Eastern Mediterranean." Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 13. (2017): 43-47.
Koh, Andrew J., Philip P. Betancourt, Marie Nicole Pareja, Thomas M. Brogan, Vili Apostolakou. "Organic residue analysis of pottery from the dye workshop at Alatsomouri-Pefka." Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 7. (2016): 536-538.
Koh, Andrew J.. "Mycenoan Crete – Archaeological Evidence for the Athenian Connection." Classical Inquiries (2016): <http://classical-inquiries.chs.harvard.edu/mycenoan-crete-archaeological-evidence-for-the-athenian-connection/>.
Pareja, Marie Nicole, Philip P. Betancourt, Vili Apostolakou, Thomas M. Brogan, and Andrew J. Koh. "Aegean Dyes: Unearthing the Colors of Ancient Minoan Textiles." Expedition 58. 3 (2016): 20-27.
Koh, Andrew J. and Miriam G. Clinton. "Contextualizing the Late Minoan Tombs of the Western Siteia Mountains." Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 3. 3 (2015): 167-206.
Yasur-Landau, Assaf, Eric H. Cline, Andrew J. Koh, David Ben-Shlomo, Nimrod Marom, Alexandra Ratzlaff, Inbal Samet. "Rethinking Canaanite Palaces? The Palatial Economy of Tel Kabri during the Middle Bronze Age." Journal of Field Archaeology (2015).
Koh, Andrew J., Assaf Yasur-Landau, Eric H. Cline. "Characterizing a Middle Bronze Palatial Wine Cellar from Tel Kabri, Israel." PLoS ONE 9. 8 (2014): e106406.
Vogeikoff-Brogan, Natalia with Marie-Claude Boileau, Tristan Carter, Amanda Kelly, Andrew J. Koh, Evi Margaritis, Dimitra Mylona, Eleni Nodarou, Maria Ntinou, David S. Reese, and Ian Whitbread. "Archaeochemical Analysis of Two Amphorae and a Cooking Vessel." Mochlos III: The Late Hellenistic Settlement: The Beam-Press Complex. vol. Prehistory Monographs 48 Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press, 2014. 109-111.
Betancourt, Philip P. with Kostas Chalikias, Heidi M.C. Dierckx, Andrew J. Koh, Evi Margaritis, Floyd W. McCoy, Eleni Nodarou, and David S. Reese. "Gas Chromatography Analysis." Aphrodite's Kephali: An Early Minoan I Defensive Site in Eastern Crete. vol. Prehistory Monographs 41 Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press, 2013
Betancourt, Philip P., Andrew J. Koh, Evi Margaritis, Eleni Nodarou, Vili Apostolakou, ed. E. Shank. Orchards and Vineyards in Early Minoan I. Philadelphia Institute for Aegean Prehistory: 2012.
Brogan, Thomas and Andrew J. Koh, eds. M. Andreadaki-Vlazaki, E. Papadopoulou. Ceramic Analysis as a Window into the Social and Economic History of the Middle Minoan II Settlement at Mochlos. Proc. of Xth International Cretological Congress. Hania: Historical Society of Crete, 2011.
Koh, Andrew J. and P. P. Betancourt. "Wine and Olive Oil from an Early Minoan Hilltop Fort." Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 10. 2 (2010): 15-23.
Brogan, Thomas and Andrew J. Koh, eds. L. A. Hitchcock, R. Laffineur, J.Crowley. Feasting at Mochlos? New Evidence for Wine Production, Storage, and Consumption from a Bronze Age Harbor Town on Crete. Proc. of DAIS. The Aegean Feast. University of Melbourne, Centre for Classics and Archaeology: Université de Liège and University of Texas Press, 2008.
Koh, Andrew J., ed. E. Shank. The ARCHEM Project Turns Five. Philadelphia Institute for Aegean Prehistory: 2008.
Koh, Andrew J.. "Transforming Archaeological Chemistry." inChemistry April/May 2008: 16-17.
Koh, Andrew J.. Wreathed in a Fragrant Cloud: Reconstructing a Late Bronze Age Aegean Workshop of Aromata. Diss. University of Pennsylvania, 2006. Saarbrücken: VDM Aktiengesellschaft, 2008.
Koh, Andrew J., ed. E. Shank. The 2007 ARCHEM Project Season. Philadelphia Institute for Aegean Prehistory: 2007.
Koh, Andrew J., ed. E. Shank. ARCHEM at INSTAP-SCEC. Philadelphia Institute for Aegean Prehistory: 2006.
Koh, Andrew J.. "Locating the htm n pa hr of the Workmen’s Village at Deir el-Medina." Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 42. (2005): 95-101.