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Professor Martin Jones

Professor Martin Jones

George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science

Head of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Office Phone: 01223 333507


Elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2018


Subject groups/Research projects

Plant Biology and Food Security:

Departments and Institutes

Department of Archaeology :


C4 and C3 photosynthesis ; archeobotany ; archeogenetics

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
  1.  Hunt, H. V., K.Denyer, L.C.Packman, Jones, M. K., and Howe, C. J. (2010). Molecular Basis of the Waxy Endosperm Starch Phenotype in Broomcorn Millet (Panicum miliaceum L.). Molecular Biology and Evolution, 27 (7):pp. 1478--1494.

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.

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