Far from the Hearth: Essays in Honour of Martin K. Jones
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Far from the Hearth
The essays in this volume honour a man whose research over the last four decades has exemplified the potential of archaeology, archaeological science and their cognate disciplines to address central questions about food and human nature. The volume comprises 17 thematic papers, all focused on the archaeology of food and arranged into three sections reflecting Martin Jones’ wide-ranging career. The first section, A Botanical Battleground, honours his central role in the development of archaeobotany and biomolecular archaeology. The second, The Stomach and the Soul, discusses the archaeology of food from evolutionary perspectives; while the final section, Between Fertile Crescents, connects to his recent research on food globalization in prehistory. The assembled chapters emphasize not only the food itself, but also the communities who produced and consumed it, as Martin Jones has repeatedly demonstrated that it is the interconnection between social and biological discourses that sheds most light on the human past. Far from the time when the first hearth was ever built, the research of archaeologists connects the meals of the present to past communities and their interconnections to each other and to plants.
Emma Lightfoot, BA MSc PhD is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, specializing in stable isotope analysis and interested in the social, cultural and environmental aspects of diet.
Xinyi Liu, BA PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, with research interests in the origins of agriculture, food globalizations in the past and ‘lost crops’ in East Asia.
Dorian Q Fuller, BA MPhil PhD is Professor of Archaeobotany at University College London, working on plant domestication and early agricultural systems in various countries of Asia and Africa.
- Far from the Hearth: Essays in Honour of Martin K. Jones [complete volume]
- Chapter 1 - The Making of the Botanical Battleground: Domestication and the Origins of the World’s Weed Floras
- Chapter 2 - The Fighting Flora: An Examination of the Origins and Changing Composition of the Weed Flora of the British Isles
- Chapter 3 - A System for Determining Plant Macro Archaeological Remains
- Chapter 4 - Phytoliths and the Human Past: Archaeology, Ethnoarchaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Studies
- Chapter 5 - Genetics and the Origins of European Agriculture
- Chapter 6 - Martin Jones’ Role in the Development of Biomolecular Archaeology
- Chapter 7 - ‘Rice Needs People to Grow it’: Foraging/Farming Transitions and Food Conceptualization in the Highlands of Borneo
- Chapter 8 - How did Foraging and the Sharing of Foraged Food Become Gendered?
- Chapter 9 - Agriculture is a State of Mind: The Andean Potato’s Social Domestication
- Chapter 10 - Archaeobotanical and Geographical Perspectives on Subsistence and Sedentism: The Case of Hallan Çemi (Turkey)
- Chapter 11 - Rice and the Formation of Complex Society in East Asia: Reconstruction of Cooking through Pot Soot- and Carbondeposit Pattern Analysis
- Chapter 12 - Food as Heritage
- Chapter 13 - From a Fertile Idea to a Fertile Arc: The Origins of Broomcorn Millet 15 Years On
- Chapter 14 - A World of C4 Pathways: On the Use of δ13C Values to Identify the Consumption of C4 Plants in the Archaeological Record
- Chapter 15 - The Geography of Crop Origins and Domestication: Changing Paradigms from Evolutionary Genetics
- Chapter 16 - The Adoption of Wheat and Barley as Major Staples in Northwest China During the Early Bronze Age
- Chapter 17 - When and How Did Wheat Come Into China?