I study animal remains from archaeological sites, combining traditional zooarchaeological techniques with stable isotope analysis to understand diachronic change in relationships between humans and their environments. Although my research is driven more by questions than by specific time periods or geography, the bulk of my work has involved the latest Pleistocene and Holocene of Western Europe (particularly Southern France and the Iberian Peninsula) and the late prehispanic/early historic periods of the Southwestern US and Northwestern Mexico. Recent projects involving stable isotope analysis include: (1) analysis of parallel regionalization in the biotic landscape and human hunting adaptations in the Upper Paleolithic Iberian Peninsula; (2) identification of heterogeneity in turkey husbandry practices in prehispanic central New Mexico; and (3) investigation of environmental change, particularly grazing pressure, in the Middle Rio Grande Valley between AD 1400 and the present
Emily Lena Jones is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, coordinator of UNM’s Master’s program in Public Archaeology, and director of the Zooarchaeology Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. (under Donald K. Grayson and Eric A. Smith) from University of Washington in 2004, and held a postdoctoral position at the University of Arizona (with Barbara Mills) as well as faculty positions at Diné College and Utah State University before coming to UNM.