1) Weblink for the current Comparative Kingship project forthcoming
Previous research weblinks:
2) 2014-2016: Marie Curie research fellowship entitled 'Prehistoric Transitions in the Mediterranean PRETM)': https://sites.google.com/a/iphes.cat/prehistoric-transitions-in-the-mediterranean-cultural-and-economic-responses-to-climate-change/home
2) Feb 2016: Website containing information and the abstracts from an International Conference I organised as part of the Marie Curie project. The conference was held on the 03-06th Feb 2016 in Tarragona and was entitled: 'Late Glacial to Early Holocene Socio-ecological responses to climatic instability within the Mediterranean Basin (MEDINES)': https://medinesworkshop2016.wordpress.com/
Dr Samantha Elsie Jones holds a BA joint honours degree in Geography and German from the University of Plymouth, an MSc in Environmental Archaeology from Queen's University Belfast, and a Phd in tropical palynology from the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. The Phd was also based at Queen's University but included two months fieldwork in the interior highlands of Borneo as part of the 'Cultured Rainforest Project' an interdisciplinary project involving archaeologists, anthropologists and archaeologists, whose main aim was to investigate the cultural significance of rainforests through time.
Samantha's PhD research was completed in 2012 and produced a vegetation record spanning 50,000 years, with evidence of fluvial and climate change, disturbance from 6000 cal BP and palm management/arboreal practices from 3000 cal BP.
After her PhD Samantha held a short postdoctoral fellowship at QUB, assisting the school of Geography with its application towards an Athen SWAN award. Then in 2014 Samantha moved to Spain where she began a two year Marie Curie fellowship based at the Catalan Institute of Human Palaeoecology and Social Evolucion (IPHES), in Tarragona, Spain. The project aimed to use multi-proxy analysis to examine the effects of abrupt climatic events on prehistoric societies from the Iberian Peninsular between the Mesolithic and Bronze Age. In 2014 she extracted a sediment core from the former Villena salt lake in Alicante where she undertook high resoluthion pollen, geochemistry and lithological analysis. Other colleagues (Santiago Giralt and Carles Ferrer) undertook mineral analysis and sediment descriptions. The results have produced a very complex record of lake catchment and vegetation change, associated with the geology, lake salinity, precipitation of minerals, ground water input, erosion and climate change. The record goes back 50,000 years, although this particular project only focusses on the Holocene and Pleistocene/Holocene boundary. The publication for the research will be out very shortly in QSR.
Since September 2017, Samantha is currently working on the Comparative Kingship project at the University of Aberdeen, a Leverhulme funded fellowship, directed by Dr. Gordon Noble. The aim of her work will be to investigate how the environment changed as the kingdoms of northern Britain and Ireland took shape during the first millennium AD, and to understand whether relations with the environment were critical to the success of polities during this time period. To achieve this a number of sites will be analysed in Scotland and Ireland using high resolution C14 dating, pollen, other micro-fossils and geochemical analysis.
I am interested in the use of multi-proxy palaeoecological analysis to reconstruct past environments inorder to gain a better understanding of how past societies lived and utilised the environment in which they lived. I am also interested in the impacts of environmental and climatic stress on human-landscape interactions.
In September 2017 I joined the ‘Comparative Kingship Project’. My main aims during this project will be to investigate how the environment changed as the kingdoms of northern Britain and Ireland took shape during the first millennium AD, and to understand whether relations with the environment were critical to the success of polities during this time period. To undertake this task I will be sampling a number of sites from the former kingdoms of Muster, Dál Riata, and Pictland. This will be followed by high resolution C14 dating, pollen, other micro-fossil and geochemical analysis to provide a detailed environmental reconstruction covering the three kingdoms