Jeffrey Becker is a Mediterranean archaeologist. Becker has held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The College of William & Mary, Boston University, McMaster University, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, and the University of Mississippi. Additionally, Becker served as Acting Director of the Ancient World Mapping Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an Associate Editor of the Pleiades Project and contributing editor for Etruscan and Roman art at Smarthistory.org. Becker is a veteran of archaeological fieldwork in Italy, notably on the Palatine Hill in Rome with Clementina Panella and the University of Michigan’s project at Gabii in Central Italy. He is currently a part-time lecturer in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Binghamton University – SUNY. At Binghamton, he teaches courses in Mediterranean archaeology and Graeco-Roman art history.


Ph.D., Classical Archaeology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007)

M.A., Classical Archaeology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003)

A.B., Classics, Franklin & Marshall College (1999)

Work Shared in CORE

Book chapters
Book reviews

Other Publications


Peer-reviewed Articles and Chapters

  • M. Mogetta and J. Becker. “Archaeological research at Gabii, Italy: the Gabii Project Excavations, 2009-2011.” American Journal of Archaeology 118.1:171-88.

  • “Italic architecture of the earlier first millennium BCE.” In The Blackwell Companion to Roman Architecture, edited by R. J. Ulrich and C. Quenemoen, 6-27. Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN-13: 978-1-4051-9964-3.

  • “Villas and agriculture in Republican Italy.” In The Blackwell Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republican Period, edited by J. DeRose Evans, 309-22. Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN-13: 978-1-4051-9966-7.

  • J. Becker and J. Nowlin. “Orientalizing infant burials from Gabii, Italy.” BABESCH 86:27-39.

  • J. Becker, M. Mogetta, and N. Terrenato. “A new plan for an ancient Italian city: Gabii revealed.” American Journal of Archaeology 113.4:629-42.

  • “The rediscovery of the Villa delle Grotte at Grottarossa and the prehistory of Roman villas.” Journal of Roman Archaeology 19:213-20.

Academic editing

Encyclopedia Entries

  • “Topography of Rome”; “Giacomo Boni” in The Springer Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by Claire Smith et al. (10 v.; Springer Reference).

  • “Liguria.” In Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, edited by M. Gagarin, 4.253-4. Oxford University Press.

Invited Articles and Chapters

  • J. Becker and C. M. Melisch. “Gabii und Rom – zwei antike Zentren in Mittelitalien.” Archäologie in Deutschland 1/2013:58-60.

  • N. Terrenato, A. Gallone, J. Becker, and S. Kay. “Urbanistica Ortogonale a Gabii: Risultati delle nuove prospezioni geofisiche e prospettive per il futuro.” In Lazio e Sabina VI: atti del convengo. Sesto incontro di Studi sul Lazio e Sabina, edited by G. Ghini, 237-48. Rome: Edizioni Quasar. ISBN-13: 978-88-7140-433-2.

  • N. Terrenato and J. Becker. “Il sito di Monte delle Grotte sulla via Flaminia e lo sviluppo della villa nel suburbio di Roma.” In Suburbium II: il Suburbio di Roma dalla fine dell’età monarchica alla nascita del sistema delle ville (V-II sec. a.C.), edited by V. Jolivet, C. Pavolini, M. A. Tomei, and R. Volpe, 393-401. (Collection de l’École française de Rome; 419). Rome: École française de Rome. ISBN-13: 9782728308200.

  • “Investigating early villas: the case of Grottarossa.” In Papers in Italian archaeology VI: Communities and Settlements from the Neolithic to the Early Medieval Period. Proceedings of the 6th Conference of Italian Archaeology held at the University of Groningen, Groningen Institute of Archaeology, The Netherlands, April 15-17, 2003 2 v. (BAR Int. Ser. S1452), edited by P. A. J. Attema, A. J. Nijboer, and A. Zifferero, 813-21. Oxford: ArchaeoPress. ISBN-13: 978-1841718903.

Book Reviews (invited)

  • 2017. Review of Lisa M. Mignone, The Republican Aventine and Rome’s Social Order. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 28: 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959774317000749

  • 2017. Review of Rafael Scopacasa, Ancient Samnium. Settlement, Culture, and Identity between History and Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Etruscan Studies 20.2. https://doi.org/10.1515/etst-2017-0008

  • 2017. Review of Gilbert Gorski and James E. Packer, The Roman Forum: a reconstruction and architectural guide. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Journal of Roman Studies 107.

  • 2016. Review of B. Borg, Crisis and Ambition: Tombs and Burial Customs in Third-Century CE Rome. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-19-967273-8. Classical Review 66.2 (July 2016).

  • 2016. Review of M. Thomas and G. E. Meyers, Monumentality in Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture: Ideology and Innovation. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0292738881. American Journal of Archaeology 120.1. DOI: 10.3764/ajaonline1201.Becker

  • 2009. Review of R. E. Roth, Styling Romanisation: Pottery and Society in Central Italy. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Journal of Roman Studies 99:280-1.

  • 2005. Review of G. Pucci and C. Mascione, Manifattura ceramica etrusco-romana a Chiusi: il complesso produttivo di Marcianella. Bari: Edipuglia, 2003. Journal of Roman Studies 95:310-11.

  • 2004. Review of W. Regter, Imitation and Creation: Development of Early Bucchero Design at Cerveteri in the Seventh Century B.C. Amsterdam: Allard Pierson Museum, 2003. Journal of Roman Studies 94:223-4.

Catalog Entries

  • 2018. “An Early Corinthian alabastron (1968.121) in the Binghamton University Art Museum.”


  • R. J. A. Talbert, B. D. Turner, R Horne, J. Becker, R. Twele, G. Moss, et al. Asia Minor in the Second Century C.E. Licensed under CC-by-4.0; Print release from the British Institute at Ankara forthcoming.

  • J. Becker, R. Horne, R. J. A. Talbert et al. Comprehensive digital map to accompany D. Roller. The Geography of Strabo: An English Translation, with Introduction and Notes. Cambridge University Press. http://awmc.unc.edu/awmc/applications/strabo/

  • 2009-present. The Pleiades Project. 10,737 additions, 21,571 other contributions.

  • 2006-2007; 2011-2013. Digital map-making on commission using ArcGIS 10.0, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop.

  • 2012-2013. Contributions to ‘Antiquity à la carte 2.0’ online application, Ancient World Mapping Center.

  • R. J. A. Talbert, B. D. Turner, R Horne, J. Becker, et al. A Map of Roman Asia Minor Around 100 C.E.

  • Contributions to R. J. A. Talbert et al. Routledge Wall Maps for the Ancient World series (7 maps).

Smarthistory (online art history curriculum content)


2017 . Project Strategy Advisor for At-Risk Cultural Heritage Education Series (ARCHES) at Smarthistory.org funded by NEH.

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