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Dr Andrew Meirion Jones BSc (Hons), PhD (Glasgow University)

Professor of Archaeology

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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).

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, 2020).

Research Group

Representation, Visualisation and Politics of Archaeology.

Affiliatied Research Group

Prehistoric Landscapes, Monuments and Materialities.

Research Projects

Previous research projects include:

Making a Mark. This project examined the decorated artefacts of Neolithic Britain and Ireland. The project used a variety of digital imaging techniques to examine decorated objects, including carved stone balls, carved chalk objects, and decorated antler and stone artefacts. This project involved collaboration with colleagues and students in the Archaeological Computing Research Group, Winchester School of Art and Central St. Martins (London), particularly Ian Dawson (WSA) and Louisa Minkin (CSM). The project is published as ‘Making a Mark: image and process in Neolithic Britain and Ireland’ (Windgather, 2019).

An Animate Landscape. This involved a study of the most significant rock art landscape in Britain: Kilmartin, Argyll, Scotland. The project produced the first radiocarbon dates for British rock art, while the excavation also produced the first stone tools used to make rock art images, and discussed the role of rock art in the development of this significant prehistoric landscape. The research was published as ‘An Animate Landscape: rock art and the prehistory of Kilmartin Argyll, Scotland' (Windgather, 2011). This project also led to a wider review of the role of art in Neolithic Europe in a book entitled ‘Visualising the Neolithic’ (co-edited with Andrew Cochrane, Oxbow, 2012).

Research group

Theory, representation and cultural politics

Affiliate research groups

Archaeological Computing, Representation, Visualisation and Politics of Archaeology, the archaeologies of media technologies (AMT), Prehistoric Landscapes, Monuments and Materialities

DPD (Archaeology)


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

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