Jonathan Nolan Clindaniel 

11 Divinity Avenue 

Peabody Museum 

Cambridge, MA 02138


Harvard University, PhD (2012-Current)

Concentration: Anthropological Archaeology

Harvard University, AM (2016)

Concentration: Anthropological Archaeology

University of Chicago, AB (2012)

Major: Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Minor: Statistics

Primary Areas of Research:

Archaeological Data Science

Inka Khipus

Statistical Modeling

Semiotic Anthropology

Relevant Experience:

HarvardX, Content Developer for “Introduction to Digital Methods for the Humanities”    Course (Summer 2018-Current)

Harvard University Bureau for Study Council, Tutor for Applied Computation 209A
(Introduction to Data Science) and 209B (Advanced Topics in Data Science) (Fall 2017-
Spring 2018)

Proyecto Arqueológico Incahuasi, Peru: Trench Supervision/Total Station Mapping/Khipu Artifact Analysis (Summer-Fall 2016)

Kurdish Regional Government Visiting Delegation (U.S. State Department Funded),Organizer (Fall 2014)

Çadır Höyük, Turkey: Trench Supervisor (Summer 2013-2014)

Erbil Plain Archaeological Survey, Iraqi Kurdistan: Archaeological Surveyor (Summer 2013)

Vitor Valley, Peru: Archaeology Field School Supervisor/Teaching Assistant (Summer 2012)

Kerkenes Dağ, Turkey: Trench Supervisor (Summer 2010)

Persepolis Fortification Archive Project in the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute: Student Assistant (Winter 2010-Fall 2010)

Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes (CAMEL) in the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute: Student Assistant (Fall 2009)

Çadır Höyük, Turkey: Trench Assistant (Summer 2009)  


Clindaniel, Jon and Gary Urton. 2017. “Quipus de Pachacamac: hacia la estandarización de las convenciones de signos en el Tawantinsuyu.” In Pachacamac: El Oráculo en el horizonte marino del sol poniente, edited by Denise Pozzi-Escot, 274-287. Lima: Banco de Credito del Perú.

Conference Presentations and Workshops:

Clindaniel, Jon. "Towards an Understanding of Non-numerical Inka Khipu Semiosis” Invited Presentation at Bard Graduate Center Symposium Khipus: Writing Histories In and From Knots, New York, NY, 1 February 2019.

“A Computational Approach to Deciphering Non-Numerical Inka Khipu Signs” Invited Speaker, Dumbarton Oaks Workshop on Khipus and Khipu Decipherment, Washington, D.C., 3 August 2018.

"Archaeological Data Science Using R: A Short Workshop" Assistant Instructor, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 13 April 2018.

Clindaniel, Jon. "Are Inka Khipus Anything More than Numbers? A Computational Investigation" Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Washington, D.C., 12 April 2018.

Urton, Gary and Jon Clindaniel. “Color Banding and Color Seriation in the Inka Khipus" Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Orlando, 8 April 2016.

Ur, Jason and Jon Clindaniel. “Cities, States, and Empires on the Erbil Plain, Kurdistan Region of Iraq” Paper presented at the American Schools of Oriental Research annual meeting, San Diego, 22 November 2014.


Harvard GSAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2018-2019)

Harvard University Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (2018)

Currier Fund Summer Research Grant (2018)

Hemenway Fund Summer Research Grant (Summer 2016)

Harvard University Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (2015)

Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fellowship (2012-2016)

Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Award (2013-2016)

Nominated to University of Chicago Dean’s Advisory Council (2011-2012)

University of Chicago Dean’s List (2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011)

University of Chicago International House Collegiate Fellowship (2010-2011)

Teaching Experience:

Societies of the World 40: The Incas: The Last Great Empire of Pre-Columbian South
America (Spring 2018, Teaching Fellow)

Societies of the World 30: Moctezuma's Mexico: Then and Now (Fall 2017, Head Teaching Fellow)

Societies of the World 38: Pyramid Schemes: The Archaeological History of Egypt (Spring 2016, Teaching Fellow)

Anthropology 1095: Urban Revolutions: Archaeology and the Investigation of Early States (Fall 2015, Teaching Fellow) 

 Anthropology 1202: Forensic Anthropology: CSI Harvard (Spring 2015, Teaching Fellow) 

 Human Evolutionary Biology 1590: Ancient Biomolecules (Fall 2014, Teaching Fellow)


Andean Art History and Archaeology Working Group, Organizer (2017-2019) 

Current Research in Anthropology Weekly Colloquium, Organizer (2014-2015) 

Graduate Student Council, Representative for Anthropology (2013-2014)



Akkadian (2 years), Hittite (1 year), Modern Persian (1 year), Middle Egyptian (1 quarter), Spanish (Advanced)

Analytical Tools:

Software Proficiencies: Microsoft Office Suite, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite

Programming/Statistical Language Proficiencies: Python, R, C++, Visual Basic, JavaScript, and parallelization via MPI and OpenCL


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