Dr Giedrė Motuzaitė Matuzevičiūtė

E-mail:  giedre.motuzaite@gmail.com 

Tel. +37061927925



  • Since 2015: Lecturer at Vilnius University (0.25)
  • Since 2014: Researcher at the Lithuanian History Institute
  • 2013 – 2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bioarchaeology in Vilnius University funded by Research council of Lithuania: Nr. VP1-3.1-ŠMM-01-V-02-004
  • 2010 – 2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bioarchaeology in Cambridge, supported by the Leverhume Trust. Project: Pioneers of Pan-Asian Contact (PPAC)
  • 2006 – 2010: Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, Department of Archaeology. Thesis title: An archaeobotanical approach to the earliest appearance of domesticated plant species in Ukraine. Supervisor: Prof. M. K. Jones, Advisors: Dr L. Janik, Dr P. Biehl, Dr H. Hunt
  • 2005 – 2006: MPhil in Archaeological Science, University of Cambridge
  • 2003 – 2005: Master’s Degree in Archaeology at the University of Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1999 – 2003: Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology at the University of Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2002 (one term): Institute of Archaeology, Copenhagen University (Socrates-Erasmus programme)


General research themes: food history, preparation technology, cultural identity expresses through cooking practises, domestication of plants and animals, beginning of food globalisation. Origins of food production, East-West interaction via Eurasian steppe, Neolithic-Bronze Age in Ukraine – central Asia, palaeoenvironmetal reconstruction, Holocene landscape development, human-landscape interactions, human diet, exchange, environmental adaptation, farming strategies.

Regional focus: Central Asia, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Lithuania.

Methods: stable isotopes, archaeobotany (macrobotany and palynology), geoarchaeology, ethnography, applied archaeology, aerial photography.


  • ISI WoS:
  • Liu X, Jones PJ, Motuzaite Matuzeviciute GM, Hunt HV, Lister DL, An T, Przelomska N, Kneale CJ, Zhao Z, Jones MK. 2019. From ecological opportunism to multi-cropping: Mapping food globalisation in prehistory. Quaternary Science Reviews 206: 21-28
  • Matuzeviciute, G. M., A. Abdykanova, S. Kume, Y. Nishiaki and K. Tabaldiev. 2018. The effect of geographical margins on cereal grain size variation: Case study for highlands of Kyrgyzstan. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 20: 400-410.
  • Ananyevskaya, E., Aytqaly, A., Beisenov, A., Dmitriev, E., Garbaras, A., Kukushkin, I., Loman, V., Sapolaite, J., Usmanova, E., Varfolomeev, V.V., Voyakin, D.A., Zhuniskhanov, A.S., Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G. 2017. Early indicators to C4 plant consumption in central Kazakhstan during the Final Bronze Age and Early Iron Age based on stable isotope analysis of human and animal bone collagen. Archaeological Research in Asia, 15: 157-173.
  • Liu, X., Lister, D., Zhao, Z., Petrie, C.A., Zeng, X., Jones, P.J., Staff, R.A., Pokharia, A.K., Bates, J., Singh, R.N., Weber, S.A., Motuzaite Matuzeviute, G., Dong, G., Li, H., Lü, H., Jiang, H., Wang, J., Ma, J., Tian, D., Jin, G., Zhou, L., Wu, X., Jones, M.K., 2017. Journey to the east: wheat and barley took different pathways, and faced different environmental challenges, on the way to prehistoric China, PLoS ONE, 12(11): e0187405.
  • Grikpėdis, M. & Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G. 2017. A Review of the Earliest Evidence of Agriculture in Lithuania and the Earliest Direct AMS Date on Cereal. European Journal of Archaeology, 21 (2): 264-279.
  • Grikpėdis, M. & Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G. 2016. The beginnings of rye (Secale cereale) in the East Baltics. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 25 (6): 601-610.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Kiryushin, Y.F., Rakhimzhanova, S.Zh., Svyatko, S., Tishkin, A.A., O’Connel, T. 2016. Climate or dietary change? Stable isotope analysis of Neolithic-Bronze Age populations from the Upper Ob and Tobol River basins, Holocene (online first), pp.1-15, September
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Logvin, A., Shevnina, I., Seitov, A., Feng, J., Zhou, L. The first OSL dating results of the ancient geometric earthworks of Kazakhstan. Archaeological Research in Asia (online first), 7, pp.1-7, July, 2016
  • Liu X, Lister DL, Zhijun Z, Staff RA, Jones P, Zhou L, Pokharia AK, Petrie CA, Pathak A, Lu H, Motuzaite Matuzeviciute G, Bates J, Pilgram TK and Jones MK, The virtues of small grain size: Potential pathways to a distinguishing feature of Asian wheats,Quaternary International (online first), pp. 1-13, April, 2016
  • Liu, Xinyi; Reid, Rachel E. B.; Lightfoot, Emma; Giedre Motuzaite Matuzeviciute; Jones, Martin K. Radical change and dietary conservatism: Mixing model estimates of human diets along the Inner Asia and China’s mountain corridors, Holocene (online first), pp. 1-10, September, 1016.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Telizhenko, S., Lillie, M. AMS radiocarbon dating from the Neolithic of Eastern Ukraine casts doubts on existing chronologies, Radiocarbon 57,4, pp.657-664, 2015.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Preece, R.C., Wang, S., Colominas, L., Ohnuma, K., Kume, S., Abdykanova, A., Jones, M.K., Ecology and subsistence at the Mesolithic and Bronze Age site of Aigyrzhal-2, Naryn Valley, Kyrgyzstan, Quaternary International (online first), pp. 1-15, August, 2015.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G; E. Lightfoot, T.C. O’Connell, D. Voyakin, X. Liu, 
Loman, V. Svyatko, S., Usmanova, E., M. K. Jones. The extent of agriculture among pastoralist societies in Kazakhstan determined 
using stable isotope analysis of bone collagen during the Bronze Age-Turkic 
period. Journal of Archaeological Science 59, pp. 23-34, July, 2015.
  • Liu X, Lightfoot E., O’Connell T. C., Wang H., Li S. Zhou L., Hu Y., Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute G. and Jones M. K. From necessity to choice: dietary revolutions in west China in the second millennium BC. World Archaeology, 46,5, pp. 661-680, September, 2014.
  • Lightfoot, E., Motuzaite‐Matuzeviciute, G., O’Connell, T., Kukushkin, I., Loman, V., Varfolomeev, V., Liu, X. & Jones, M. How ‘Pastoral’ is Pastoralism? Dietary Diversity in Bronze Age Communities in the Central Kazakhstan Steppes. Archaeometry, 57, pp.232–249, August, 2014.
  • Salavert A., Messager E., Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute G., Lebreton V., Bayle G., Crépin L., Puaud S., Péan S., Yamada M., Yanevich A. First results of archaeobotanical analysis from Neolithic layers of Buran Kaya IV (Crimea Mountains, Ukraine), Environmental Archaeology, 20,3, pp. 274-282, January, 2014.
  • Dong, G. Wang, Z., Ren, L. Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G. Wang, H., Ren, X., Chen, F. 2014. A Comparative Study of 14C Dating on Charcoal and Charred Seeds from Late Neolithic and Bronze Age Sites in Gansu and Qinghai Provinces, NW China. Radiocarbon, 56,1, pp.157-163, 2014.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute G., Richard A. Staff, Harriet V. Hunt, Xinyi Liu, Martin K. Jones. The early chronology of broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum) in Europe. Antiquity 87, 338, pp. 1073-1085, July, 2013.
  • Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute, G., Jacob, J., Telizhenko, S. & Jones, M. K. Miliacin in palaeosols from an Early Iron Age in Ukraine reveal in situ cultivation of broomcorn millet. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 8,1, pp. 43-50, July, 2013.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Telizhenko, S. A., Jones, M. K. The Earliest Evidence of Cereal Cultivation in Crimea: Archaeobotanical Investigation and Direct Radiocarbon Dating Of Cereal Grains. Journal of Field Archaeology, 38,2, pp. 120-128, July2013.
  • Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute, G., Telizhenko, S., Jones, M.K. 2012. Archaeobotanical investigation of two Scythian-Sarmatian period pits in eastern Ukraine: Implications for floodplain cereal cultivation. Journal of Field Archaeology 38,2, pp. 51-61.
  • Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute, G., Hunt, H. V. & Jones, M. K. Experimental approaches to understanding variation in grain size in Panicum miliaceum (broomcorn millet) and its relevance for interpreting archaeobotanical assemblages. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 21,1, pp. 69–77, January 2012.
  • Jones, M.K., Hunt, H., Lightfoot, E., Lister, D., Liu, X. and Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute, G. 2011. Food globalisation in prehistory. World Archaeology, 43,4, pp. 665–675, December 2011.
  • Hunt, H., Vander Linden, M., Liu, X., Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Jones, M. K. Millets across Eurasia: chronology and context of early records of the genera Panicum and Setaria from archaeological sites in the Old World, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 17, 5, pp. 5-18, October, 2008.
  • Menotti, F., Baubonis, Z., Brazaitis D., Higham, M., Kvedaravicius, M., Lewis, H., Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Pranckenaite, E. The First Lake-Dwellers of Lithuania: Late Bronze Age Pile Settlements on Lake Luokesas, Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 24, 4: pp. 381-403, October, 2005.

Publications in other peer reviewed journals:

  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G. and Liu, X. 2019. Prehistoric Agriculture in China: crop domestication and dispersal. Oxford enciclopedia (in press).
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G. And Soultana Velamoti. 2019. The noodles. UNESCO Silk Road atlas (in press).
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute G. 2018. The Possible geographic margin effect on the delay of agriculture introduction into the East Baltics. Estonian Journal of Archaeology 22: 49-62. https://doi.org/10.3176/arch.2018. 2.03.
  • Grikpedis M, Endo E, Motuzaite Matuzeviciute G, Kryvaltsevich M, Tkachova M. 2018. Plants in pots: SEM research of ceramic silicon casts from river Prypiat basin (in russian with english summary). Lozovskaya OV, Vybornov AA, Dolbunova EV (eds.) Subsitence strategies in the stone age, direct and indirect evidence of fishing and gathering. Materials of the international conference dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Vladimir Mikhailovich Lozovski 15-18 May 2018, Saint-Petersburg. St. Petersburg, IIMK RAN, pp. 210-213.
  • Liu X, Motuzaite Matuzeviciute G, Hunt H. 2018. From a fertile idea to a fertile arc: the origins of broomcorn millet 15 years on. In Liu X. Lightfoot E., Hunt H. (Eds) Between China and Fertile Crescent. McDonald Institute Monograph, Cambridge (in press).
  • Tetereva, D., Motuzaitė Matuzevičiūtė, G., Blaževičius, P. Žuvų žvynų analizė Vilniaus miesto archeologinės medžiagos pagrindu: rūšies, amžiaus bei dydžio nustatymas. Lietuvos archeologija
  • Buitkute, E., Motuzaitė Matuzevičiūtė, G. 2018. Naujausi Archeobotaniniai tyrimai Vilniaus Žemutinės Pilies teritorijoje. Archeologija Lituana (įteikta spaudai).
  • Motuzaitė Matuzevičiūtė, G., Rusteikytė, A. 2018. Paleomitybos tyrimai archeologijoje ir eksperimentinės archeologijos galimybės. Lietuvos materialaus paveldo rekonstrukcija. II tomas. Sudarytoja D. Luchtanienė
  • Motuzaitė Matuzevičiūtė, G., Jonaitis, R., Kaplūnaitė, I. 2017. Archaeobotanical Investigations of a Burnt-down Storage Shed in the Civitas Rutenica Quarter: An Insight into the Daily Lives of Foreigners in Vilnius in the Late Fourteenth Century – the First Half of the Fifteenth Century. Lituanistica, 63 (4): 219-233. DOI: https://doi.org/10.6001/lituanistica.v63i4.3609
  • Jones, MK., Hunt, H., Kneale,C. Lightfoot, E., Lister, D., Liu, X. and Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute, G. 2016. Food globalisation in prehistory: The agrarian foundations of an interconnected continent. Journal of British Academy 4, pp. 73-87. August 2016.
  • Мотузайте Матузевичуйте Г. Рацион питания населения Каратумы, определенный с помощью анализа костного коллагена // Байпаков К.М., Воякин Д.А., Захаров С.В. Могильник Каратума. Некрополь раннего железного века в Семиречье. – Алматы: ТОО «Археологическая экспертиза», 2016. Приложение 3. – С. 623-633.
  • Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute, G. The earliest appearance of domesticated plant species and their origins in the western fringes of the Eurasian Steppe. Documenta Praehistorica, XXXIX, pp 1-21, 2012.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G. Neolithic of Ukraine: a Review of Theoretical and Chronological Interpretations, Archaeologia Baltica, 20, pp. 136-149, 2014.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Hunt, H., Jones, M. K. Multiple sources for Neolithic European agriculture: Geographical origins of early domesticates in Moldova and Ukraine, in Dolukhanov, P., Sarson, G. R. & Shukurov, A. M. (Eds.) The East European Plain on the Eve of Agriculture. BAR International Series S1964. Oxford, Archaeopress, pp. 53-64, 2009.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G.2015. Securing the Timeline of our Past: Concerns and Perspectives of Radiocarbon Dating in the east Baltic, Interarchaeologia, 5, pp. 227-243, 2015.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G. Living above the water or dryland? The application of soil analysis methods to investigate a submerged Bronze-Early Iron Age lake dwelling site in eastern Lithuania, Archaeologica Baltica, 9, pp 33-46, 2008.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G. On identity of prehistoric lake dwellers in Lithuania, Interarchaeologia 4, pp. 93-104, 2015.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Stabiliųjų izotopų analizės metodas ir jo panaudojimas archeologijoje. In (ed.) A. Merkevičius: Moksliniai metodai archeologijoje, 2014.
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G. Living on the lake and farming the land. Archaeobotanical investigation of Luokesas I lake dwelling site, Lietuvos Archeologija, 30, pp. 123-138, 2007
  • Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Telizhenko, S. A. Keramika i zemledelie ili tolka keramika? Osobennosti neolita basseina Severskogo Dontsa (po materialam neoliticheskikh poselenii Vostochnoi Ukrainy Starobelsk-I i Novoselovka-III). Vzaimodeistvie i khronologiya kultur mezolita i neolita vostochnoi evropy. Materialy Mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferencii, posveschyannoi 100-letiyu N. N. Gurinoi, pp 143-145, 2009.
  • Tsybrii, A. V., Dolbunova, E. V., Mazurkevitch, A. N., Tsybrii, V. V., Gorelik, A. F., Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Sablin, M. V. 2014. Novye issledovaniya poseleniya Rakushechnyi Yar v 2008-2013 g.g. Samarskii Nauchnyi Vestnik 3, 8: 203-214.
  • Abdykanova, A., Tabaldiev, K., Chargynov, T., Onuma, K., Kume, S., Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Beketaeva, Zh., 2014. Novyi pamyatnik kamennogo veka Aigyrzhal-2 (Kyrgyzstan, Narynskaya oblast). Dialog kultur Evrazii v arkheologii Kazakhstana. Materialy mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferencii, posvyaschenoi 90-letiyu K.A. Akisheva, April 22-24, 2014 – Astana, Kazakhstan, 147-160.