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  • Dr Thomas Oliver Pryce
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Thomas Pryce

My work focuses on base metal (Cu, Fe, Pb and Sn) production, exchange and consumption behaviours in Southeast Asia as a means of better understanding long-term shifts in regional economic, political and social complexity, as well as long-range interactions with South and East Asian populations.

Research Interests

  • Southeast Asia
  • Archaeometallurgy


  • Bellina, B., Bacus, E. A., Pryce, T. O., & Wisseman-Christie, J. (2010) 50 Years of Archaeology in Southeast Asia: Essays in Honour of Ian Glover. Bangkok, River Books.


  • Pryce, T. O., Baron, S., Bellina, B., Bellwood, P., Chang, N., Chattopadhyay, P., Dizon, E., Glover, I. C., Hamilton, E., Higham, C. F. W., Kyaw, A. A., Laychour, V., Natapintu, S., Nguyen, V., Pautreau, J.-P., Pernicka, E., Pigott, V. C., Pollard, A. M., Pottier, C., Reinecke, A., Sayavongkhamdy, T., Souksavatdy, V. & White, J. (in press). More questions than answers: the Southeast Asian Lead Isotope Project 2009-2012. Journal of Archaeological Science.
  • Pryce, T. O. & Natapintu, S. (in press). Extraire du fer à partir de latérite : Est-ce techniquement possible ou une aberration ethnographique ? Siksacakr. (French-Khmer translation of Pryce & Natapintu 2009).
  • Hendrickson, M., Pryce, T. O. & Sonnemann, T. (in press). Industries of Angkor Project: Preliminary investigation of iron production at Boeng Kroam, Preah Khan of Kompong Svay. Siksacakr.
  • Pryce, T. O. (in press). Lead isotope characterisation and provenance of copper-base artefacts from Ban Chiang and Don Klang. In: White, J. C. (ed.) Ban Chiang Metals. Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Museum.
  • Pryce, T. O. (in press). Sedentism, social complexity, and metallurgy in upland Southeast Asian populations. In: Vaddhanaphuti, C., Guillaud, D. & Evrard, O. (eds.) Proceedings of the Chiang Mai conference on sedentism in Southeast Asia Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai University.
  • Pryce, T. O., Murillo-Barroso, M., Biggs, L., Martinón-Torres, M. & Bellina, B. (in press). The metallurgical industries. In: Bellina, B. (ed.) Khao Sam Saeo: a late prehistoric city of the Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula Paris: Brepols.
  • Pryce, T. O. (in press) Looking South" meets "Looking North": towards a trans-national archaeometallurgy between China and Southeast Asia. In: Li, J. (ed.) Proceedings of the Qin Period Metallurgy and its Social and Archaeological Context conference, in Xi’an, China, 7th 9th April 2011.
  • Pryce, T. O., Murillo, M., Bellina, B., & Martinón-Torres, M. (in press) Khao Sam Kaeo - an Archaeometallurgical Crossroads for Trans-Asiatic Technological Traditions. In Sharada, S. And Ranganathan, S (Eds.) Proceedings of the 7th Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys conference, Bangalore, India, 13th to 17th September 2009.
  • Biggs, L., Martinon-Torres, M., Bellina, B. & Pryce, T. O. (2013). Prehistoric iron production technologies in the Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula: metallography and slag inclusion analyses of iron artefacts from Khao Sam Kaeo and Phu Khao Thong. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences Online Early.
  • Hendrickson, M., Hua, Q. & Pryce, T. O. (2013). Using in-slag charcoals as an indicator of ‘terminal’ iron production within the Angkorian period (10th to 13th c. CE) centre of Preah Khan of Kompong Svay, Cambodia. Radiocarbon 55: 31-47.
  • Coupey, A.-S., Kyaw, A.A., Pryce, T.O., (2013). Evolution of Bronze and Iron Age Cultures of Myanmar: the last excavation in Kan Gyi Gon, Bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific: Newsletter 9, 3-5.
  • Pryce, T. O. (2012). A flux that binds? The Southeast Asian Lead Isotope Project. In: Jett, P. & Douglas, J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 5th Forbes Symposium on ancient Asian bronzes. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian: 113-121.
  • Pryce, T. O. (2012). Iron and Empire: Resolving the role of upland populations in Angkorian state formation. Report of the Oxford School of Archaeology, 2011–2012, 33-34
  • Pryce, T. O., Bevan, A. H., Ciarla, R., Rispoli, R., Castillo, C., Hasset, B. & Malakie, J. L. (2011). Intensive Archaeological Survey in Southeast Asia: Methodological and Metallurgical Insights from Khao Sai On, Central Thailand. Asian Perspectives 50: 53-69.
  • Pryce, T. O., Chiemsisouraj, C., Zeitoun, V. & Forestier, H. (2011). An VIIIth - IXth century AD iron smelting workshop near Saphim village, Northwest Lao PDR. Historical Metallurgy, 42, 81-89.
  • Pryce, T. O., Brauns, M., Chang, N., Pernicka, E., Pollard, M., Ramsey, C., Rehren, T., Souksavatdy, V. & Sayavongkhamdy, T. (2011). Isotopic and technological variation in prehistoric primary Southeast Asian copper production. Journal of Archaeological Science 38: 3309-3322.
  • Pryce, T. O., Pollard, M., Martinòn-Torres, M., Pigott, V. C., & Pernicka, E. (2011) Southeast Asia’s First Isotopically-Defined Prehistoric Copper Production System: When Did Extractive Metallurgy Begin in the Khao Wong Prachan Valley of Central Thailand? Archaeometry 53, 146-163.
  • Pryce, T. O. (2011). XIX Technical analysis of Bronze Age Ban Non Wat copper-base artefacts. In: Higham, C. F. W. & Kijngam, A. (eds.) The excavation of Ban Non Wat: The Bronze Age. Bangkok: The Fine Arts Department: 489-498.
  • Pryce, T. O. (2011). The Southeast Asian Lead-Isotope Project: Investigating metallurgical proxies for late prehistoric regional and inter-regional social interactions. Report of the Oxford School of Archaeology, 2010–2011, 35.
  • Pryce, T. O, Martinón-Torres, M, Pigott, V C, & Rehren, T (2010) Prehistoric Copper Production and Technological Reproduction in the Khao Wong Prachan Valley of Central Thailand. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 2: 237-364.
  • Pryce, T. O. & Abrams, M. C. (2010). Direct detection of Southeast Asian smelting sites by ASTER remote sensing imagery: Technical issues and future perspectives. Journal of Archaeological Science 37: 3091-3098.
  • Murillo, M., Pryce, T. O., Bellina, B., & Martinón-Torres, M. (2010) Khao Sam Kaeo - an Archaeometallurgical Crossroads for Trans-Asiatic Technological Traditions. Journal of Archaeological Science 37: 1761–1772.
  • Pryce, T. O. (2010) ‘Polluting the environment in Antiquity’ conference, Glasgow, UK, 7th to 8th September 2010. Historical Metallurgy Society Newsletter 76: 6.
  • Pryce T. O. (2010) Calò 2009, ‘The Distribution of Bronze Drums in Early Southeast Asia: Trade Routes and Cultural Spheres, BAR, Oxford’. Antiquity 84: 905-906.
  • Pryce, T. O. (2010) Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys conference, Bangalore, India, 13th to 17th September 2009. Historical Metallurgy Society Newsletter 74: 8-9.
  • Pryce, T. O. & Natapintu, S. (2009). Smelting iron from laterite: Technical possibility or ethnographic aberration. Asian Perspectives 48: 249-264.
  • Pryce, T. O., B. Bellina-Pryce, & A. Bennett (2008) The Development of Metal Technologies in the Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula: Initial Interpretation of the Archaeometallurgical Evidence from Khao Sam Kaeo. Bulletin de l'Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient 2006, 93: 295-316.
  • Pryce, T. O. & V. C. Pigott (2008) Towards a Definition of Technological Styles in Prehistoric Copper Smelting in the Khao Wong Prachan Valley of Central Thailand. In Pautreau, J.-P., Coupey, A., Zeitoun, V., & Rambault, E. (Eds.) Archaeology in Southeast Asia: From Homo Erectus to the Living Traditions. Chiang-Mai, EurASEAA: 139-150.
  • Catapotis, M., T. O. Pryce, & Y. Bassiakos (2008) Preliminary Results from an Experimental Study of Perforated Copper-Smelting Shaft Furnaces from Chrysokamino (Eastern Crete). In Tzachili, I. (Ed.) Aegean Metallurgy in the Bronze Age. Athens, Ta Pragmata Publications: 113-121.
  • Pryce, T. O., Bassiakos, I., Catapotis, M., & Doonan, R. (2007). “DE CAERIMONIAE”. Technological choices in copper smelting furnace design at Early Bronze Age Chrysokamino, Crete. Archaeometry 49(3): 543-557.

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