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Dr Andrew Meirion Jones 

Professor, PGR Co-ordinator

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Andrew Meirion Jones is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

His main research interest is the archaeology of art, particularly the later prehistoric art of Western Europe.

He completed his B.Sc. and PhD at the University of Glasgow. Before joining the department at Southampton, he previously lectured in University College Dublin (1998-1999) and was a Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge University (1999-2001).

Previous research projects include:

Research interests

His long-term research project is to re-evaluate the philosophical character of the discipline of archaeology. In a number of publications he has argued for a shift away from a discipline focused on assessing the epistemological basis of archaeological evidence, to instead appraising the ontological character of the artefacts that archaeologists excavate. This research has produced a single authored book (Prehistoric Materialities; OUP 2012) and an edited volume, edited with Ben Alberti and Joshua Pollard (Archaeology after Interpretation, Left Coast 2013). More recently he has focused on the ontological character of past images. This research has  produced a book, ‘The Archaeology of Art. Materials, Practices, Affects’, (co-written with Andrew Cochrane, Routledge 2018), and ‘Images in the making: art, process, archaeology’ (co-edited with Ing-Marie Back Danielsson, Manchester University Press, 2019).


Research group

Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins

Affiliate research groups

Archaeological Computing, the archaeologies of media technologies (AMT)

Research project(s)

Promoting digital solutions to rock and cave art research

This 18 month project (2014-2015), funded by a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, aims to advance rock art research through the application of state-of-the-art imaging technologies.

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Book Chapters


Creative Media and Artefacts

  • Dawson, I. (Artist), Jones, A. (Author), Diaz-Guardamino Uribe, M. (Author), Allison, T. (Artist), Baldrick, H. (Artist), Louisa, M. (Curator), ... Dines, N. (Artist). (2017). Annihilation Event. Exhibition, London: The Lethaby Gallery.
  • Dawson, I. (Artist), Dunseath, J. (Artist), Vhairi, M. (Artist), Minkin, L. (Artist), Jones, A. (Other), Diaz-Guardamino Uribe, M. (Other), ... Dickinson-Lilley, J. (Other). (Accepted/In press). Elbow & C&C Residency. Exhibition




PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students on the topics of later prehistory; rock art; visual culture; material culture and artefact studies; visual arts and archaeology.

I currently supervise or advise PhD students on the following topics:

  • Food and cookery in the Early-Middle Neolithic of the Thames Valley
  • A re-appraisal of Atlantic rock art in Atlantic Europe.
Dr Andrew Meirion Jones
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/3041

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