Professor Glynis JonesGlynis Jones

Professor of Archaeology

Course Director Environmental Archaeology & Palaeoeconomy (Semester One, 2017/18)

BSc Honours in Zoology, Cardiff University; Certificate in Education, Cardiff University; MPhil in Archaeology, Cambridge University; PhD in Archaeology, Cambridge University; Fellow of the British Academy

Email address:

Telephone: +44 (0)114 2222904

Department address:

Department of Archaeology
University of Sheffield
Minalloy House. Room C13
10 – 16 Regent Street
S1 3NJ
United Kingdom



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.

Professional Roles

  • 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).

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.

Research supervision

I am currently supervising PhD students on the following topics:

  • Functional Attributes as a Tool for Understanding the Process of Cereal and Pulse Domestication
  • Plant economy of the Kura-Araxes: Subsistence in the Highlands of Eastern Anatolia and Transcaucasia from the Late Chalcolithic to Middle Bronze Age
  • Changing Arable Subsistence in Bronze and Iron Age South West Britain

Selected publications:

  • Bogaard, A., Fraser, R.A., Heaton, T.H.E., Wallace, M., Vaiglova, P., Charles, M., Jones, G., Evershed R. and Styring, A., Andersen, N.H., Arbogast, R.-M., Bartosiewiczg, L.,Gardeisenh, A., Kanstrupi, M., Maierj, U., Marinovak, E., Ninovl, L., Schäferm M. and Stephan, E. 2013. Crop manuring and intensive land management by Europe’s first farmers. PNAS 110: 12589-94.
  • Jones, G., Charles, M., Colledge, S., Jones, M. Leigh, F., Lister, D., Powell, W., Smith L., Brown, T. and Jones. H. 2013. Barley DNA evidence for the routes of agricultural spread into Europe following multiple domestications in W. Asia. Antiquity 87: 701-13.
  • Jones, G., Jones, H., Charles, C., Colledge, S., Jones, M., Leigh, F., Lister, D., Powell, W., Smith, L. and Brown, T. 2012. Phylogeographic analysis of barley DNA as evidence for the spread of Neolithic agriculture through Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science 39: 3230-8.
  • Jones, H., Civán, P., Cockram, J., Leigh, F., Smith, L., Jones, M., Charles, M., Jones, G., Molina-Cano, J.-L., Powell, W. and Brown, T. 2011. Evolutionary history of barley cultivation in Europe revealed by genetic analysis of extant landraces. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 320.
  • Fraser, R., Bogaard, A., Heaton, T., Charles, M., Jones, G., Christensen, B. Halstead, P., Merbach, I., Poulton, P., Sparkes, D. and Styring, A. 2011. 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: 2790-804.
  • Jones, G., Charles, Bogaard, A. and Hodgson, J. 2010. Crops and weeds: the role of weed functional types in the identification of crop husbandry methods. Journal of Archaeological Science 37: 70-77.
  • Heaton, T.H., Jones, G., Halstead, P. Tsipropoulos, T. 2009. Variations in the 13C/12C ratios of modern wheat grain, and implications for interpreting data from Bronze Age Assiros Toumba, Greece. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 2224-33.
  • Jones, G. and Legge, A.G. 2008. Evaluating the role of cereal cultivation in the neolithic: charred plant remains from Hambledon Hill, in R. Mercer and F. Healy Hambledon Hill, Dorset, England. Excavation and Survey of a Neolithic Monument Complex and its Surrounding Landscape. English Heritage: 469-76.
  • Jones, H., Leigh, F.J., Mackay, I., Bower, M.A., Smith, L.M.J., Charles, M.P., Jones, G., Jones, M.K., Brown, T.A. and Powell, W. 2008. Population based resequencing reveals that the flowering time adaptation of cultivated barleys originated east of the Fertile Crescent. Molecular Biology and Evolution 25: 2211-9.
  • Jones, G. and Rowley-Conwy, P. 2007. On the importance of cereal cultivation in the British Neolithic, in S. Colledge and J. Conolly (eds.) The Origins and Spread of Domestic Plants Southwest Asia and Europe. Left Coast Press: 391-419.

Full publications list
  • Charles, M., Hoppé, C., Bogaard, A., Jones, G. and Hodgson, J. 2003. Using weed functional attributes for the identification of irrigation regimes in Jordan. Journal of Archaeological Science 30: 1429-41.
  • Jones, G. 2002. Weed ecology as a method for the archaeobotanical recognition of crop husbandry practices. Acta Archaeobotanica 42: 185-93.
  • Charles, M., Bogaard, A., Jones, G., Hodgson, J. and Halstead, P. 2002. Towards the archaeobotanical identification of intensive cereal cultivation: present-day ecological investigation in the mountains of Asturias, northwest Spain. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 11: 133-42.
  • Bogaard, A., Jones, G., Charles, M and Hodgson, J. 2001. On the archaeobotanical inference of crop sowing time using the FIBS method. Journal of Archaeological Science 28: 1171-83.
  • Jones, G. 2000. Evaluating the importance of cultivation and collecting in neolithic Britain, in A. Fairbairn (ed.) Plants in the Neolithic of Britain and Beyond. Oxford: 79-84
  • Jones, G., Bogaard, A., Charles M. and Hodgson, J. 2000. Distinguishing the effects of agricultural practices relating to fertility and disturbance: a functional ecological approach in archaeobotany. Journal of Archaeological Science 27: 1073-84
  • Jones, G., Valamoti, S. and Charles, M. 2000. Early crop diversity: a `new´ glume wheat from northern Greece. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 9: 133-46.
  • Jones, G., Bogaard, A., Halstead, P., Charles, M. and Smith, H 1999. Identifying the intensity of crop husbandry practices on the basis of weed floras. Annual of the British School at Athens 94: 167-89.
  • Bogaard, A., Palmer, C., Charles, M. and JHodgson, J.G. 1999. A FIBS approach to the use of weed ecology for the archaeobotanical recognition of crop rotation regimes. Journal of Archaeological Science 26: 1211-24.
  • Brown, T.A., Allaby, R.G., Sallares, R and Jones, G. 1999. Ancient DNA in charred wheats: taxonomic identification of mixed and single grains. Ancient Biomolecules 2: 185-93.
  • Jones, G. 1998. Distinguishing food from fodder in the archaeological record, in M. Charles, P. Halstead and G. Jones (eds.) Fodder: Archaeological, Historical and Ethnographic Studies. Environmental Archaeology 1: 95-98.
  • Charles, M., Jones, G. and Hodgson, J.G. 1997. FIBS in Archaeobotany: functional interpretation of weed floras in relation to husbandry practices. Journal of Archaeological Science 24: 1151-61.
  • Jones, G., Charles, M., Colledge, S. and Halstead, P. 1995. Towards the archaeobotanical recognition of winter cereal irrigation: an investigation of modern weed ecology in northern Spain, in H. Kroll and R. Pasternak (eds.) Res Archaeobotanicae: 9th Symposium IWGP. Kiel: 49-68.
  • Jones, G. and Halstead, P. 1995. Maslins, mixtures and monocrops: on the interpretation of archaeological crop samples of heterogenous composition. Journal of Archaeological Science 22: 103-14.
  • Jones, G. 1992. Weed phytosociology and crop husbandry: identifying a contrast between ancient and modern practice. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 73: 133-43.
  • Jones, G. 1992. Ancient and modern cultivation of Lathyrus ochrus (L.) DC in the Greek islands. Annual of the British School at Athens 87: 211-7.
  • Jones, G. 1991. Numerical analysis, in W. van Zeist, K. Wasylikowa and K.-E. Behre (eds.) Progress in Old World Palaeoethnobotany. Rotterdam: 63-80.
  • Jones, G., Straker, V. and Davis, A. 1991. Early Medieval plant use and ecology, in A.G. Vince (ed.) Aspects of Saxon and Norman London 2: Finds and Environmental Evidence. London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Special Paper 12: 347-85.
  • Sarpaki, A. and Jones, J. 1990. Ancient and modern cultivation of Lathyrus clymenum L. in the Greek islands. Annual of the British School at Athens 85: 363-8.
  • Smith, H. and Jones, G. 1990. Experiments on the effects of charring on cultivated grape seeds. Journal of Archaeological Science 17: 317-27.
  • Boardman, S. and Jones, G. 1990. Experiments on the effects of charring on cereal plant components. Journal of Archaeological Science 17: 1-11.



  • Bioarchaeology


  • Method and Theory in Archaeobotany
  • Theory and Method in Economic Archaeology
  • Biomolecular Archaeology
  • Computing and Data Analysis for Archaeologists


Conference of the International Workgroup for Palaeoethnobotany (IWGP). Thessaloniki, June 2013.