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Emily L Jones

Associate Professor
Director, Public Archaeology Graduate Program & Graduate Faculty Advisor, Public Archaeology; Director, Zooarchaeology Lab

Photo: Emily L Jones


At UNM since 
Curriculum vitae

Recent Courses:

  • Archaeological Method and Theory (ANTH 120)
  • technical Studies in Archaeology: Zooarchaeology (ANTH 373/573)
  • Ancient Environments and Human Impacts (ANTH 570)


Vassar College, Anthropology, BA 1996

University of Washington, MA 2001, PhD 2004
Dissertation: "Broad spectrum diets and the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus): Dietary change during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in the Dordogne, Southwestern France"


Human-environment interactions, zooarchaeology, evolutionary ecology; public archaeology and outreach; Paleolithic Europe, contact and early historic US Southwest.

Recent Publications:

Hamilton, Marian, B. Lee Drake, W.H. Wills, Emily Lena Jones, Cyler Conrad, and Patricia L. Crown (in press). Stable Oxygen Isotope Sourcing of Archaeological Fauna from Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. American Antiquity.

Jones, Emily Lena (2017). Coming to terms with imperfection: comparative studies and the search for grazing impacts in 17th century New Mexico. Chapter 13 in C.M. Giovas, ed., Zooarchaeology in Practice: Case Studies in Methodology and Interpretation in Archaeofaunal Analysis. New York: Springer.

Jones, Emily Lena and David Hurley (2017). Beyond Depression? A Review of the Optimal Foraging Theory Literature in Zooarchaeology and Archaeobotany. Ethnobiology Letters 8(1):35-43, DOI: 10.14237/ebl.8.1.2017.786

Jones, Emily Lena (2016). Changing landscapes of early colonial New Mexico: demography, rebound, and zooarchaeology. Chapter 5 in C. L. Herhahn, and A. F. Ramenofsky, eds., Exploring Cause and Explanation: Historical Ecology, Demography, and Movement in the American Southwest. University of Colorado Press, Boulder, CO: pp. 73 – 90. Jones, Emily Lena (2016). In Search of the Broad Spectrum Revolution in Paleolithic Southwest Europe. SpringerBriefs in Archaeology. New York: Springer.

Conrad, Cyler, Emily Lena Jones, Seth Newsome, and Douglas Schwartz (2016). Bone Isotopes, Eggshell, and Turkey Husbandry at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, special section: “Recent advances in past turkey husbandry and use,” Erin Thornton, Kitty Emery, and Eduardo Corona, eds., 10: 566-574, DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.06.016.

Jones, Emily Lena, Cyler Conrad, Seth Newsome, Brian Kemp and Jacqueline Marie Kocer
(2016). Turkeys on the fringe: variable husbandry in “marginal” areas of the prehistoric American Southwest. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, special edition: “Recent advances in past turkey husbandry and use,” Erin Thornton, Kitty Emery, and Eduardo Corona, eds., 10: 575–583, DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.05.051.

Jones, Emily Lena (2015). The “Columbian Exchange” and Landscapes of the Middle Rio Grande Valley, A.D. 1300 – 1900. The Holocene 25(10): 1698–1706, DOI: 10.1177/0959683615588375.

Jones, Emily Lena and Caroline Gabe (2015). The promise and peril of older collections: meta-analyses in the American Southwest. Open Quaternary 1(6): 1–13, DOI:

Jones, Emily Lena (2015). Archaeofaunal evidence of human adaptation to climate change in Upper Paleolithic Iberia. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 2: 257–263.