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Manon Savard, having completed an MSc in geography and a DEA in environmental archaeology, recently completed a PhD in archaeology at the University of Cambridge, ´ specializing in archaeobotany. She is now an assistant professor at the Universite du ´ ` Quebec a Rimouski. Her research interests include hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies, the origins and diﬀusion of agriculture, food history, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and past human response to environmental change.
Mark Nesbitt is a botanist at Kew Gardens, currently working on historic collections and digitization projects. Prior to joining Kew in 1999, he worked for ﬁfteen years as an archaeobotanist, undertaking ﬁeldwork on excavations in Turkey, Iraq, Bahrain and Turkmenistan. He continues to publish on the beginnings of farming, the ethnobotany of wild foods and archaeobotany in Turkey. Recent books include The Cultural History of Plants (2005) and Identiﬁcation Guide for Near Eastern Grass Seeds (2006).
Professor Martin K. Jones leads a bio-archaeology group at Cambridge Department of Archaeology investigating the origins and development of the human quest for food, drawing on a range of techniques from biology to molecular science. Currently his main areas of research involve the tracking of early agricultural expansion through crop genetic markers, and the Palaeolithic origins of the modern human meal. His books include England before Domesday, The Molecule Hunt: Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNA and Traces of Ancestry.