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Unlocking the Past


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Martin Jones is the first holder of the George Pitt-Rivers Professorship of Archaeological Science at Cambridge University and was chairman of the international Ancient Biomolecules Initiative research program.


"Some books change the way we think ... [Unlocking the Past] is one of the most important books of the year." New Statesman

"Very timely and a delight to read ... Martin Jones brings together, for the first time, the story of the spectacular achievements of a generation of scientists from around the world. It is a story told with all the enthusiasm of one who has been among the pioneers. The birth of molecular archaeology is a scientific revolution that is transforming our concepts of the past." Barry Cunliffe, author of The Ancient Celts

"An immensely absorbing account of modern molecular archaeology ... Jones writes with clarity and marvelous control, with elegance, wit, and large helpings of brilliance." Financial Times

"Refreshing and lively ... Martin Jones captures the flavor of the chase and the enthusiasm of the researcher using some of the remarkable new techniques now available for investigation of the remote human past." Colin Renfrew, author of Archaeology and Language

"[Unlocking the Past] is a mine of information about a fascinating field of scientific inquiry. You should come away enlightened and inspired." Guardian

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