Emily L Jones

Professor and UNM Regents' Lecturer
Director, Zooarchaeology Lab

Recent Courses:

  • Archaeological Method and Theory, Anth 1211  

  • Anthropology of Heritage, Anth 381/581

  • Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Anth 523

  • Stone Age Europe, Anth 325/525

  • History and Theory of Archaeology, Anth 574

  • Zooarchaeology, Anth 484/584


BA, Vassar College (1996)

MA, University of Washington (2001)

PhD, University of Washington (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, historical biogeography, zooarchaeology, animal domestication and human adaptation, public archaeology and community outreach.

Current research projects include:

  • Horses and human societies in the Americas
  • The Columbian exchange and long-term environmental change in central New Mexico
  • People, animals, and the domestication spectrum in the Ancestral Pueblo world
  • Refugia, environmental hotspots, climate change, and demography in the Eurasian Paleolithic and Mesolithic

Recent Publications:

Jones, Emily Lena, Scott Kirk, Caitlin S. Ainsworth, Asia Alsgaard, Jana Valesca Meyer, and Cyler Conrad (in press) The community at the crossroads: artiodactyl exploitation and socio-environmental connectivity at Tijeras Pueblo (LA 581). KIVA: Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History. https://doi.org/10.1080/00231940.2021.1963576. See also https://news.unm.edu/news/unm-anthropology-team-analyzes-life-in-pueblo-at-crossroads

Jones, Emily Lena and Jacob L. Fisher, editors (2022). Questioning Rebound: People and Environmental Change in the Protohistoric and Early Historic Americas. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. https://uofupress.lib.utah.edu/questioning-rebound/

Jones, Emily Lena, Laura Steele, and Cyler Conrad (2022). Archaeological data suggest seventeenth century presence of Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) in the Central New Mexico Rio Grande. Western North American Naturalist 82(4).

Carvalho, Milena, Emily Lena Jones, M. Grace Ellis, João Cascalheira, Nuno Bicho, David Meiggs, Michael Benedetti, Lukas Friedl, and Jonathan Haws (2022) Neanderthal paleoecology in the late Middle Paleolithic of western Iberia: A stable isotope analysis of ungulate teeth from Lapa do Picareiro (Portugal). Journal of Quaternary Science 37(2):300-319. https://doi.org/10.1002/jqs.3363

Conrad, Cyler, Rasmi Shoocongdej, Ben Marwick, Joyce C. White,Cholawit Thongcharoenchaikit, Charles Higham, James K. Feathers, Sakboworn Tumpeesuwan, Cristina Castillo, Dorian Fuller, and Emily Lena Jones (2022) Radiocarbon and Luminescence Dating of Spirit Cave, Steep Cliff Cave and Banyan Valley Cave in Northwest Thailand. Antiquity 96(386):280-297. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2021.44

*Dombrosky, Jonathan, Thomas F. Turner, *Alexandra Harris, and Emily Lena Jones (2022). Body size from unconventional specimens: A 3D geometric morphometrics approach to fishes from Ancestral Pueblo contexts. Journal of Archaeological Science 142:105600. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2022.105600. See also https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-archaeological-science/news/article-spotlight-for-volume-142

Jones, Emily Lena (2022). Why so many birds? Understanding human-bird interactions during the Pueblo IV Middle Rio Grande of New Mexico. Archaeology Southwest 35(1-2):14-15.

Jones, Emily Lena (2022). What is a refugium? Questions for the Middle–Upper Palaeolithic transition in peninsular southern Europe. Journal of Quaternary Science 37(2):136-141. https://doi.org/10.1002/jqs.3274

Carvalho, Milena, Emily Lena Jones, Ana Belen Marín-Arroyo, Jeanne-Marie Geiling, Manuel R. González Morales, and Lawrence Guy Straus (2021). Initial and Lower Magdalenian Large Mammal Faunas and Human Subsistence at El Mirón Cave (Cantabria, Spain). Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology 4(2):15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41982-021-00084-7

Taylor, William Timothy Treal, Isaac Hart, Emily Lena Jones, Joan Brenner-Coltrain, Jessica Thompson Jobe, Brooks B. Britt, H. Gregory McDonald, Yue Li, Chengrui Zhang, Petrus Le Roux, Carlton Quinn Shield Chief Gover, Stéphanie Schiavinato, Ludovic Orlando and Patrick Roberts (2021) Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Lehi Horse: Implications for Early Historic Horse Cultures of the North American West. American Antiquity 86(3):465-485. https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2020.109. See also https://www.colorado.edu/today/2021/02/04/horse-remains-reveal-new-insights-how-native-peoples-raised-horses  

Taylor, William T. T., Jinping Cao, Chengrui Zhang, Helena Miton, Igor Chechushkov, Jamsranjav Bayarsaikhan, Robert Cook, Emily Lena Jones, Enkhbayar Mijiddorj, Tserendorj Odbaatar, Chinbold Bayandelger, Barbara Morrison, and Bryan Miller (2021) Understanding early horse transport in eastern Eurasia through damage to the equine dentition. Antiquity 95(384): 1478-1494. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2021.146

Conrad, Cyler, *Eden Franz, Ernestene Green, and Emily Lena Jones (2020). New Radiocarbon Dates from Prehistoric Non Nok Tha, Don Kok Pho and Don Pa Daeng, Upper Nam Phong Watershed, Khon Kaen Province, Northeast Thailand. Archaeological Research in Asia 24:100233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ara.2020.100233

Mattson, Hannah, and Emily Lena Jones (2020). Material signs and relational meanings: reconsidering Ancestral Pueblo material dichotomies. World Archaeology 52(3):412-428. https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2021.1909494

Jones, Emily Lena, William Timothy Treal Taylor, Juan Bautista Belardi, Gustavo Neme, Adolfo Gil, Patrick Roberts, Cassidee Thornhill, Gregory W. L. Hodgins, and Ludovic Orlando (2019). Caballos y humanos en el nuevo mundo: investigaciones arqueológicas en América del Norte y perspectivas para Argentina. Anales de Arqueología y Etnología 74(2): 247-268. http://revistas.uncu.edu.ar/ojs/index.php/analarqueyetno/article/view/3741

Jones, Emily Lena (2019). Revisiting the Cantabrian Solutrean: the archaeofaunal record. Chapter 17 in Human Adaptations to the Last Glacial Maximum: the Solutrean and its Neighbors, Isabell Schmidt and João Cascalheira, editors. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pp. 323-343.