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Miss Jennifer Jones 

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Jennifer Jones
Position:PhD Archaeology

Academic History

MSc Environmental Archaeology (Distinction) from University College London, 2008/9. Dissertation on Cementum analysis of Gazelle teeth from the Epipalaeolithic site of Kharaneh IV in the Azraq Basin, Jordan.

BSc Archaeology (1:1) from University College London 2008. Dissertation analysing the faunal remains from the Roman site of Ewell, Surrey.


Working title: Diversification and Sustainability in Ancient Coastal Communities: The Role of Marine Resources in the North Atlantic Islands (NERC funded)

My thesis is concerned with using an holistic approach to understanding marine resource use in the North Atlantic Islands. I will be integrating studies of faunal remains with isotopic analysis of human and faunal remains.  In the Mesolithic consumption of marine products was extensively practised. In the Neolithic however isotopic evidence indicates that there was a dramatic shift away from the use of marine resources (Schulting and Richards, 2002). Zooarchaeological evidence contradicts this, with fish, bird, marine mammal, and shellfish remains still being present on sites in the Neolithic and beyond. This may suggest possible uses of marine resources as a famine food, a seasonal resource, or as animal fodder. To date little work has been done to integrate these two contradictory lines of evidence.

My project involves using a holistic approach, using isotopic analysis and faunal remains to understand the relationship between these datasets. This approach will enable detailed models of subsistence strategies through time to be produced. My work is linked to a bigger NERC funded project at Bristol University investigating marine lipid residues in archaeological pottery. The results from my faunal and isotopic investigations will be integrated with the pottery residue analysis. By looking at all of these different datasets it will be possible to understand trends in marine resource use through time on the North Atlantic Islands.

Start date: October 2009

First supervisor: Dr Jacqui Mulville

Second supervisor: Professor Niall Sharples


Jones, J.R., Mulville, J.A., McGill, R., and Evershed, R. 2012. Palaeoenvironmental modelling of δ13C and δ15N in the North Atlantic Islands: Understanding Past Marine Resource use. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 26 (20):2399-2406.

Jones, J.R. 2012. Using gazelle dental cementum studies to explore seasonality and mobility patterns of the Early-Middle Epipalaeolithic Azraq Basin, Jordan, Quaternary International. 252: 195-201.

Jones, J.R., Mulville, J.A., and Evershed, R. In Press. Fruits of the Sea: Investigating Marine Resource use in the North Atlantic Islands. In M-Y. Daire (ed.) Ancient maritime communities and the relationship between people and environment along the European Atlantic coasts/ Anciens peuplements littoraux et relations home/milieu sur les côtes de l'Europe atlantique. BAR international Series. Oxford: Archaeopress. (Accepted June 2012).

Jennifer, J.R. and Best, J.B. 2012. Kilise Tepe Report on the 2012 field season: Zooarchaeological analysis. Unpublished report.  

Additional Information 

I am currently a member of the Cardiff Osteoarchaeology Research Group. Last summer I worked as a faunal analyst at the World Heritage site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey. I also analysed zooarchaeological remains at the Bronze Age and later period site at Kilise Tepe also in Turkey.

I undertook a 5 week summer placement in 2008 with the Environmental Studies team at English Heritage, which involved working with bone material from Medieval Windsor Castle and I have participated in the English Heritage Festival of British Archaeology events at Fort Cumberland for the past two years, demonstrating animal bone identification to members of the public. For 4 years I was a member of the ‘Epipalaeolithic Foragers in Azraq’ Project working closely with the faunal remains. I have also been involved with excavations at Caerleon Roman Legionary Fortress (Wales), Noviodumum Roman Fort (Romania), and Batten Hanger Roman Villa (England).


I have a keen interest in public engagement and archaeological outreach. In my role as a Science, Technology and Engineering Ambassador (STEM), I participated in the ‘Future Animals' Beacon for Wales project at the National Museum of Wales, engaging young people to consider evolution, bionics, and genetic engineering to understand how animals may be affected in the future. I am part of ‘Guerilla Archaeology’, and have helped to deliver archaeological activities at music festivals across Britain.


I have lectured on the ‘Bioarchaeology’ and  ‘Forensics and Osteoarchaeology’ courses.I worked as a demonstrator for modules in Bioarchaeology, Environment and Economy, and Environmental Archaeology. I have also been a seminar tutor and marker for the ‘Roman and Greek Archaeology’ and ‘Human Origins’ modules.

Conference Presentations

June 2012: Jennifer Jones, Jacqui Mulville and Richard Evershed ‘Investigating Marine Resource Use in the North Atlantic Islands: An holistic approach’ Integrating isotopes and zooarchaeology conference, Cambridge University.
May 2012: Jacqui Mulville and Jennifer Jones ’Mind the Gap’ -integrating archaeologies in the North Atlantic Islands. Early Farmers: The View from Archaeology and Science. Cardiff University.
April 2012: Jennifer Jones, ‘Old Bones and Isotopes: Using an integrated approach to understanding marine resource use in the North Atlantic Islands. AEA Spring conference, Plymouth.
November 2011- Jennifer Jones ‘Palaeoenvironmental modelling of δ13C and δ15N in the North Atlantic Islands: Understanding Past Marine Resource use.’ Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Users Group Meeting (SIMSUG), Lancaster University.
September 2011: Jennifer Jones ‘Fruits of the Sea: Investigating Marine resource use in the North Atlantic Islands’. HOMER Conference, Vannes, France.
March 2011: Jennifer Jones ‘Animals and Isotopes: Palaeoenvironmental isotope modeling in the North Atlantic Islands.’, Human developments in Landscapes conference, Kiel, Germany.
September 2010:  Jennifer Jones ‘Foods from the Sea: Understanding Marine Subsistence in the Islands’, Hebridean Archaeology Forum, S.Uist Scotland.
August 2010: Jennifer Jones and Julia Best ‘Marine Matters: Challenging current views on subsistence in the North Atlantic Islands. ICAZ, Paris, France.
April 2010: Jennifer Jones, ‘The diet of dinner: Using faunal isotopic evidence to understand Human Dietary trends in the North Atlantic Islands’ Food and Drink in Archaeology Conference, Exeter.
October 2009:  Jennifer Jones, ‘Developing a tool for using Dental Cementum to explore seasonality of the Early-Middle Epipalaeolithic Azraq Basin, Jordan’, Postgraduate Zooarchaeology Forum, Cardiff University.

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