Ariadin Jones


B.A. University Bristish Columbia, 2019

M.A. Cambridge, 2021

Areas of Interest

Late Neolithic - Early Bronze Age China


Ariadin Jones’ current research trajectory began as an undergraduate at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she majored in Asian Area Studies and minored in Archaeology, with an additional concentration in bioarchaeology. Looking to combine these interests, she attended the UCLA Yangguanzhai field school in 2018, excavating a Neolithic village from the Middle to Late Yangshao period (4,000-3,000 BCE). This functioned as her introduction to Chinese Archaeology and the impetus for her current research ambitions in understanding the creation of urban centres during the late Neolithic – early Bronze age period. From the years 2017 – 2019, she also worked alongside curators at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology to design and execute events showcasing Indigenous performance artists and lecturers.

A year after earning her B.A, she went on to graduate from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Applied Biological Anthropology in 2020. Her thesis explored how paleoparasitology could inform subsistence patterns, hygienic practices, and how urban planning was reflected in the pathologies manifested in the archaeological record.

At UCLA, Ariadin is looking forward to pursuing an interdisciplinary project that consolidates her temporal and geographic areas of interest and focuses on questions regarding intersections of ritual and quotidian life, and how these relate to the flow of people intra-regionally. Having been awarded government funding via the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship earlier this year, Ariadin has been enrolled in language courses at National Taiwan University’s Chinese Language department for several months in preparation for this next chapter of her studies.