The Molecule Hunt: Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNA

The Molecule Hunt: Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNA - Martin Jones

In the last three or so decades, modern scientific advances have led to a revolution in archaeology, arguable with the most significant change due to the use of biochemistry to shed more light on long standing questions. 


In this enjoyable and informative book, Martin Jones show how the use of molecular analysis techniques has revealed information previously assumed to be indeterminate.  Martin Jones takes a look as such diverse subjects as the origins of plant cultivation, the origins of animal husbandry, population movements, the plague, family ancestry, species ancestry, neanderthals, mummies, detailed mundane details of past lives and a host of other interesting subjects.   This book also provides an interesting insight into how bioarchaeology got started and how it developed over the past decades to its current form as practiced today. 

The book could be improved by including diagrams, photographs or any type of illustration.  I'm fairly sure, that since the book's publication in 2001, additional discoveries and techniques have been made.  An updated version or sequel to this book would be welcome.