Professor Glynis Jones FBA

Evolutionary approaches to the origins and spread of agriculture; archaeobotany and biomolecular archaeology; the investigation of past cultivation practices through weed ecology and stable isotope analysis

Elected 2013

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Glynis Jones has been a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield since 2004, and before that a senior lecturer at the same university. She has an MPhil and PhD in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, and has led interdisciplinary research projects on the evolutionary origins and spread of agriculture, and the investigation of past cultivation practices through weed ecology and crop stable isotope analysis. Before embarking on a university career she studied and taught biology, worked as an archaeological scientist at the Fitch Laboratory in the British School at Athens, and as environmental archaeologist at the Museum of London. She has taught courses on archaeobotany, early farming, biomolecular archaeology, and archaeological statistics to undergraduates and postgraduates, and has enjoyed harnessing the biological sciences, particularly plant ecology and DNA analysis, to address archaeological debates. She has conducted fieldwork, both archaeological and ecological, in the Mediterranean (especially Greece and Spain), Turkey and Britain. She is a vice-president of the British School at Athens, has served on grant-awarding panels for the School, the European Research Council and Natural Environment Research Council, and was a member of the RAE2008 and REF2014 research evaluation panels for archaeology.

Current post

Professor of Archaeology, The University of Sheffield


Were Fertile Crescent crop progenitors higher yielding than other wild species that were never domesticated? New Phytologist 207 2015

On the importance of cereal cultivation in the British Neolithic The Origins and Spread of Domestic Plants Southwest Asia and Europe 2007

Barley DNA evidence for the routes of agricultural spread into Europe following multiple domestications in W. Asia Antiquity 87 2013

Phylogeographic analysis of barley DNA as evidence for the spread of Neolithic agriculture through Europe Journal of Archaeological Science 39 2012

Crops and weeds: the role of weed functional types in the identification of crop husbandry methods Journal of Archaeological Science 37 2010

Crop manuring and intensive land management by Europe's first farmers PNAS 2013

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