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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge


1990 - 2018: George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science, University of Cambridge (Department of Archaeology).
1999: Hon D.Univ (Stirling) for contributions to archaeological science.
2007: Hon. Professor in Archaeology at Chifung College, Inner Mongolia.
2007: Special Research Advisor, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
2012-2018: Vice-Master, Darwin College, Cambridge.
2013: MAE (Member of the Academia Europaea).
2015: Shanghai Archaeological Forum: Research Award.
2018: Fellow of the British Academy.


Key publications: 

Research interests are archaeobotany and archaeogenetics, in the context of the broader archaeology of food. My current research interests include:

  • The spread of farming across Asia, currently in the context of the Domestication of Europe project and the FOGLIP project
  • Food sharing in the Upper Palaeolithic, currently in the context of the Moravian Gate project
  • The development of agrarian societies and their food economies in later prehistory and historic periods
Selected publications:  
  1. Jones M.K. 2007 Feast: why humans share food. Oxford University Press.
  2. Hunt H.V., M.G.Campana, M.C.Lawes, Y-J. Park, M.A.Bower, C.J.Howe and M.K.Jones 2011 Genetic diversity and phylogeography of broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum L.) across Eurasia. Molecular Ecology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05318.x
  3. Chen F, G Dong, D Zhang, X Liu, X Jia, CB An, M Ma, YW Xie, L Barton, X Ren, Z Zhao, X Wu, M.K. Jones (2015) Agriculture facilitated permanent human occupation of the Tibetan Plateau after 3600 BP Science 347: 248–250
  4. Jones H., D.L. Lister, D.Cai, C.J. Kneale, J.Cockram, L.Peña-Chocarro, M.K. Jones (2016) The trans-Eurasian crop exchange in prehistory: Discerning pathways from barley phylogeography Quaternary International
  5. Jones M.K., H.V.Hunt, C.J.Kneale, E.Lightfoot, D.Lister, X.Liu, and G. Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute (2016) Food globalisation in prehistory: The agrarian foundations of an interconnected continent. Journal of the British Academy, 4, 73–87. DOI 10.5871/jba/004.073

Martin was interviewed for our 'Meet the Researcher' series. READ THE INTERVIEW HERE.

In 2018, Martin was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his work in the field of archaeobotany.

Senior Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
Emeritus George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science.
Professor Martin  Jones

Contact Details

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C4 and C3 photosynthesis