Professor Glynis Jones
BSc, MPhil, PhD
Department of Archaeology
Professor of Archaeology
Course Director- MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy
+44 114 222 2904
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Department of Archaeology
After graduating with a degree in zoology from Cardiff, I worked as a science teacher in the UK and Greece for some years before joining the British School at Athens as a research assistant in archaeological materials science at the Fitch Laboratory.
I returned to Britain in 1978 to undertake an MPhil, followed by a PhD, in Archaeology, at the University of Cambridge.
I then worked as an environmental archaeologist at the Department of Urban Archaeology, Museum of London, a post I left to take up my current position at the University of Sheffield in 1984.
- PhD in Archaeology, Cambridge University
- MPhil in Archaeology, Cambridge University
- Certificate in Education, Cardiff University
- BSc Honours in Zoology, Cardiff University
- Research interests
- The origins and spread of agriculture
- The investigation of crop domestication and spread through DNA analysis
- Ecological approaches to crop domestication
- The use of weed ecology in the identification of crop husbandry practices
- Stable isotopes as a method for identifying the intensity of crop cultivation practices
- Dating the spread of crops through Europe
- The role of crop cultivation in the Neolithic to Iron Age in Britain/Europe
- Ethnoarchaeological approaches to the investigation of early farming
Current research projects
- Life in a cold climate: the adaptation of cereals to new environments (ERC project) with Prof. T. Brown, Dr. H. Jones and Dr. P. Pearman.
- Evolutionary origins of agriculture (ERC project) with Dr. C. Osborne, Prof. T.A. Brown (Manchester), Dr. M. Charles, Prof. M. Rees, Dr. N. Fieller and Dr. E. Stillman.
- Origin of agriculture: an ecological perspective on crop domestication (NERC project) with Dr. M. Charles, Prof. C. Osborne and Prof. M. Rees.
- Agricultural Origins of Urban Civilisation (ERC project) with Dr. A. Bogaard and Dr. J Hodgson.
- Crop stable isotope ratios: new approaches to palaeodietary and agricultural reconstruction (NERC project) with Dr. A Bogaard (Oxford), Dr. T. Heaton (NIGL), Prof. R. Evershed (Bristol) and Dr. M. Charles.
- Identifying ancient land use through the functional ecology of crop weeds (NERC project) with Dr. M. Charles and Dr. J. Hodgson.
- Weed ecology as a method for the archaeobotanical recognition of crop husbandry practices.
- Interpretation of archaeological plant remains: ethnographic models from Greece..
- Diversity of a wall-associated kinase gene in wild and cultivated barley. PLoS ONE, 14(6). View this article in WRRO
- Re-analysis of archaeobotanical remains from pre- and early agricultural sites provides no evidence for a narrowing of the wild plant food spectrum during the origins of agriculture in southwest Asia. Journal of Archaeological Science, 28(4), 449-463. View this article in WRRO
- Phylogenetic patterns and phenotypic profiles of the species of plants and mammals farmed for food.. Nat Ecol Evol, 2(11), 1808-1817. View this article in WRRO
- Cereal progenitors differ in stand harvest characteristics from related wild grasses. Journal of Ecology, 106(3), 1286-1297. View this article in WRRO
- Identification of inter- and intra-species variation in cereal grains through geometric morphometric analysis, and its resilience under experimental charring. Journal of Archaeological Science, 86, 60-67. View this article in WRRO
- Trade-offs between seed and leaf size (seed–phytomer–leaf theory): functional glue linking regenerative with life history strategies … and taxonomy with ecology?. Annals of Botany, 120(5), 633-652.
- The triangular seed mass-leaf area relationship holds for annual plants and is determined by habitat productivity. Functional Ecology. View this article in WRRO
- How did the domestication of Fertile Crescent grain crops increase their yields?. Functional Ecology, 31(2), 387-397. View this article in WRRO
- From Traditional Farming in Morocco to Early Urban Agroecology in Northern Mesopotamia: Combining Present-day Arable Weed Surveys and Crop Isotope Analysis to Reconstruct Past Agrosystems in (Semi-)arid Regions. Environmental Archaeology, 1-20. View this article in WRRO
- Yield responses of wild C3 and C4 crop progenitors to subambient CO2: a test for the role of CO2 limitation in the origin of agriculture. Global Change Biology, 23(1), 380-393. View this article in WRRO
- Reduced plant water status under sub-ambient pCO2 limits plant productivity in the wild progenitors of C3 and C4 cereals.. Ann Bot. View this article in WRRO
- Combining functional weed ecology and crop stable isotope ratios to identify cultivation intensity: a comparison of cereal production regimes in Haute Provence, France and Asturias, Spain. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 25(1), 57-73. View this article in WRRO
- “Nor ever lightning char thy grain”1: establishing archaeologically relevant charring conditions and their effect on glume wheat grain morphology. STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research, 1(1), 1-6. View this article in WRRO
- Were Fertile Crescent crop progenitors higher yielding than other wild species that were never domesticated?. New Phytologist, 207(3), 905-913. View this article in WRRO
- Stable Carbon Isotope Evidence for Neolithic and Bronze Age Crop Water Management in the Eastern Mediterranean and Southwest Asia. PLoS ONE, 10(6). View this article in WRRO
- Changing leaf nitrogen and canopy height quantify processes leading to plant and butterfly diversity loss in agricultural landscapes. Functional Ecology, 28(5), 1284-1291.
- Functional traits differ between cereal crop progenitors and other wild grasses gathered in the Neolithic fertile crescent.. PLoS One, 9(1), e87586. View this article in WRRO
- Did greater burial depth increase the seed size of domesticated legumes?. J Exp Bot, 64(13), 4101-4108.
- Crop manuring and intensive land management by Europe's first farmers.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 110(31), 12589-12594.
- Assessing natural variation and the effects of charring, burial and pre-treatment on the stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values of archaeobotanical cereals and pulses. Journal of Archaeological Science.
- The effect of charring and burial on the biochemical composition of cereal grains: investigating the integrity of archaeological plant material. Journal of Archaeological Science.
- DNA evidence for multiple introductions of barley into Europe following dispersed domestications in Western Asia. Antiquity, 87, 701-713.
- Stable carbon isotope analysis as a direct means of inferring crop water status and water management practices. World Archaeology. View this article in WRRO
- Remnant genetic diversity detected in an ancient crop: Triticum dicoccon Schrank landraces from Asturias, Spain. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 1-11.
- Next generation sequencing of DNA in 3300-year-old charred cereal grains. Journal of Archaeological Science.
- Next generation sequencing of DNA in 3300-year-old charred cereal grains. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39(8), 2780-2784.
- Phylogeographic analysis of barley DNA as evidence for the spread of Neolithic agriculture through Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science.
- Phylogeographic analysis of barley DNA as evidence for the spread of Neolithic agriculture through Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39(10), 3230-3238.
- Evolutionary history of barley cultivation in Europe revealed by genetic analysis of extant landraces. BMC EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 11. View this article in WRRO
- Is leaf dry matter content a better predictor of soil fertility than specific leaf area?. ANN BOT-LONDON, 108(7), 1337-1345.
- Manuring and stable nitrogen isotope ratios in cereals and pulses: Towards a new archaeobotanical approach to the inference of land use and dietary practices. Journal of Archaeological Science, 38(10), 2790-2804. View this article in WRRO
- Stomatal vs. genome size in angiosperms: the somatic tail wagging the genomic dog?. Ann Bot, 105(4), 573-584.
- Crops and weeds: the role of weed functional ecology in the identification of crop husbandry methods. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 37(1), 70-77.
- Was low atmospheric CO
2a limiting factor in the origin of agriculture?. Environmental Archaeology, 15(2), 113-123.
- Bronze and oil: A possible link between the introduction of tin and Lallemantia to northern Greece. Annual of the British School at Athens, 105.
- Plants and Animals Together Interpreting Organic Remains from Building 52 at Catalhoyuk. CURR ANTHROPOL, 50(6), 885-895.
- Latitudinal variation in a photoperiod response gene in European barley: insight into the dynamics of agricultural spread from 'historic' specimens. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 36(4), 1092-1098.
- Variations in the C-13/C-12 ratios of modern wheat grain, and implications for interpreting data from Bronze Age Assiros Toumba, Greece. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 36(10), 2224-2233.
- Population-based resequencing reveals that the flowering time adaptation of cultivated barley originated east of the fertile crescent. MOL BIOL EVOL, 25(10), 2211-2219.
- Response of wild C-4 crop progenitors to subambient CO2 highlights a possible role in the origin of agriculture. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOL, 14(3), 576-587.
- Population-based resequencing reveals that the flowering time adaptation of cultivated barley originated east of the Fertile Crescent. Molecular biology and evolution, 25(10), 2211-2219.
- Neolithic farming in Britain and central Europe: Contrast or continuity?. Proceedings of the British Academy, 144, 357-375.
- Response of wild C-4 crop progenitors to subambient CO2 highlights a possible role in the origin of agriculture. COMP BIOCHEM PHYS A, 146(4), S274-S274.
- Out of asia. Planet Earth(WINTER), 22-23.
- Lallemantia, an imported or introduced oil plant in Bronze Age northern Greece (vol 14, pg 571, 2005). VEG HIST ARCHAEOBOT, 16(1), 71-71.
- A re-analysis of agricultural production and consumption: implications for understanding the British Iron Age. VEG HIST ARCHAEOBOT, 15(3), 217-228.
- Garden cultivation of staple crops and its implications for settlement location and continuity. WORLD ARCHAEOL, 37(2), 164-176.
- How much will it cost to save grassland diversity?. BIOL CONSERV, 122(2), 263-273.
- A functional method for classifying European grasslands for use in joint ecological and economic studies. BASIC APPL ECOL, 6(2), 119-131.
- The plant traits that drive ecosystems: Evidence from three continents. Journal of Vegetation Science, 15(3), 295-295.
- The plant traits that drive ecosystems: Evidence from three continents. J VEG SCI, 15(3), 295-304.
- Using weed functional attributes for the identification of irrigation regimes in Jordan. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 30(11), 1429-1441.
- Plant diversity and storage at Mandalo, Macedonia, Greece: Archaeobotanical evidence from the Final Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. Annual of the British School at Athens, 98.
- Towards the archaeobotanical identification of intensive cereal cultivation: present-day ecological investigation in the mountains of Asturias, northwest Spain. VEGETATION HISTORY AND ARCHAEOBOTANY, 11(1-2), 133-142.
- Erratum. Journal of Archaeological Science, 28(11), 1257-1257.
- On the archaeobotanical inference of crop sowing time using the FIBS method. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 28(11), 1171-1183.
- Distinguishing the effects of agricultural practices relating to fertility and disturbance: A functional ecological approach in archaeobotany. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 27(11), 1073-1084.
- Early crop diversity: a "new" glume wheat from northern Greece. VEG HIST ARCHAEOBOT, 9(3), 133-146.
- Farming practices in Germania Inferior - LAURA I. KOOISTRA, BORDERLAND FARMING. POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITATION OF FARMING IN THE ROMAN PERIOD AND EARLY MIDDLE AGES BETWEEN THE RHINE AND MEUSE (Van Gorcum, Assen 1996). Pp. 404. ISBN 90 232 3199 6. f 75,00.. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 13, 631-632.
- A FIBS approach to the use of weed ecology for the archaeobotanical recognition of crop rotation regimes. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 26(9), 1211-1224.
- Identifying the intensity of crop husbandry practices on the basis of weed floras. The Annual of the British School at Athens, 94, 167-189.
- Wheat Grain Identification – Why Bother?. Environmental Archaeology, 2(1), 29-34.
- Distinguishing Food from Fodder in the Archaeobotanical Record. Environmental Archaeology, 1(1), 95-98.
- FIBS in archaeobotany: Functional interpretation of weed floras in relation to husbandry practices. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 24(12), 1151-1161.
- MASLINS, MIXTURES AND MONOCROPS - ON THE INTERPRETATION OF ARCHAEOBOTANICAL CROP SAMPLES OF HETEROGENEOUS COMPOSITION. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 22(1), 103-114.
- Charred grain from late bronze age Gla, Boiotia. The Annual of the British School at Athens, 90, 235-238.
- THE PALEOETHNOBOTANY OF FRANCHTHI-CAVE - HANSEN,JM. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 21(1), 144-144.
- Charred plant remains from neolithic–bronze age Platia Magoula Zarkou, Thessaly. The Annual of the British School at Athens, 88, 1-3.
- An early find of ‘fava’ from Thebes. The Annual of the British School at Athens, 88, 103-104.
- WEED PHYTOSOCIOLOGY AND CROP HUSBANDRY - IDENTIFYING A CONTRAST BETWEEN ANCIENT AND MODERN PRACTICE. REV PALAEOBOT PALYNO, 73(1-4), 133-143.
- Ancient and modern cultivation of Lathyrus ochrus (L.) DC. in the Greek islands. The Annual of the British School at Athens, 87, 211-217.
- CURRENT PALEOETHNOBOTANY - ANALYTICAL METHODS AND CULTURAL INTERPRETATIONS OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL PLANT REMAINS - HASTORF,CA, POPPER,VS. MAN, 26(3), 556-557.
- EXPERIMENTS ON THE EFFECTS OF CHARRING ON CULTIVATED GRAPE SEEDS. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 17(3), 317-327.
- EXPERIMENTS ON THE EFFECTS OF CHARRING ON CEREAL PLANT-COMPONENTS. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 17(1), 1-11.
- Ancient and Modern Cultivation of Lathyrus Clymenum L. in the Greek Islands. The Annual of the British School at Athens, 85, 363-368.
- THE GRAPE (VITIS-VINIFERA L) IN THE NEOLITHIC OF BRITAIN. ANTIQUITY, 61(233), 452-455.
- A STATISTICAL APPROACH TO THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL IDENTIFICATION OF CROP PROCESSING. J ARCHAEOL SCI, 14(3), 311-323.
- Agricultural Practice in Greek Prehistory. The Annual of the British School at Athens, 82, 115-123.
- THE ORIGINS OF AGRICULTURE - AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE - RINDOS,D. MAN, 21(3), 551-552.
- ETHNOARCHAEOLOGY AND CROP PROCESSING ACTIVITIES, ASSESSING THE EVIDENCE. AM J ARCHAEOL, 90(2), 197-197.
- CROP STORAGE AT ASSIROS. SCI AM, 254(3), 96-&.
- Excavations at Assiros, 1975–9: A Settlement Site in Central Macedonia and Its Significance for the Prehistory of South-East Europe. The Annual of the British School at Athens, 75, 229-267.
- Behavioural archaeology and refuse patterns: A case study. Norwegian Archaeological Review, 11(2), 118-131.
- Diversity of a cytokinin dehydrogenase gene in wild and cultivated barley. PLOS ONE, 14(12), e0225899-e0225899.
- The first shoots of a modern morphometrics approach to the origins of agriculture. Web Ecology, 16(1), 1-2. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Integration of cereal cultivation and animal husbandry in the British Neolithic: the evidence of charred plant remains from timber buildings at Lismore Fields In Rowley-Conwy P, Serjeantson D & Halstead P (Ed.), Economic Zooarchaeology: Studies in Hunting, Herding and Early Agriculture (pp. 221-226). Oxford: Oxbow.
- Neolithic farming in Britain and central Europe: contrast or continuity?, Going Over: The Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North-West Europe British Academy
Conference proceedings papers
- The impact of crop processing on the reconstruction of crop sowing time and cultivation intensity from archaeobotanical weed evidence. VEGETATION HISTORY AND ARCHAEOBOTANY, Vol. 14(4) (pp 505-509)
- The functional ecology of present-day arable weed floras and its applicability for the identification of past crop husbandry. VEGETATION HISTORY AND ARCHAEOBOTANY, Vol. 14(4) (pp 493-504)
- Lallemantia, an imported or introduced oil plant in Bronze Age northern Greece. VEGETATION HISTORY AND ARCHAEOBOTANY, Vol. 14(4) (pp 571-577)
- Vegetation History and Archaeobotany: Editorial. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, Vol. 11(1-2) (pp 1-2)
- Research group
Current Research Students
- Victoria Knowles- "The Marketisation of Agriculture: The archaeobotanical evidence for the development of a market economy for arable agricultural and horticultural products in Britain and Central Europe during the Roman and medieval period"
- Victoria Newson- "The Interaction Between Olive Oil and Wine Production Sites in the Southern Levant: a Detailed Computational, Climatological and Trade Based Analysis"
- Gemma Warham- "Functional attributes as a tool for understanding the process of cereal and pulse domestication"
- Professional activities
- Member of the REF 2014 sub-panel for Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology.
- Member of the ERC starting grant 2013 evaluation panel.
- Member of the NERC Peer Review College.
- Member of the Association for Environmental Archaeology.
- Member of the British School at Athens Laboratory sub-committee.
- Member of the editorial board of Journal of Archaeological Science.
- British representative on the steering panel for the International Work Group for Palaeoethnobotany (IWGP).
- Fellow of the British Academy
- Conference of the International Workgroup for Palaeoethnobotany (IWGP). Thessaloniki, June 2013.