Institute of Archaeology


Isobel Thompson - Honorary Lecturer

Isobel Thompson
  • Honorary Lecturer
  • MA, PhD, CifA, FSA
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Edinburgh University MA; UCL Institute of Archaeology PhD on late Iron Age grog-tempered pottery, while working as an assistant in the Institute Library. Freelance pottery specialist; compiled the St Albans Urban Archaeological Database 1995-98, and then went to Hertfordshire County Council Historic Environment team to undertake project work; was Historic Environment Record Officer 2008-18.

Research Interests

  • Iron Age and early Roman ceramics in south-eastern Britain
  • The transition from late Iron Age to Roman, as reflected in the ceramics
  • Integration of developer-funded archaeology into research, particularly using ceramics
  • Promotion of best practice in recording and reporting the above
  • Use of Historic Environment records & GIS data in research
  • Hon editor of Hertfordshire Archaeology & History

Worked as Library Assistant long ago, while doing my PhD part-time. Now collaborating with Kris Lockyear on Verulamium and 1st century Hertfordshire.


Selected recent publications

  • Late Iron Age pottery - an overview, IN Christopher Evans et al (2016), Lives in land. Mucking excavations by Margaret & Tom Jones, 1965-1978: prehistory, context and summary (p393-400). Cambridge Archaeological Unit Landscape Archives series, Historiography and Fieldwork (no.2/Mucking 6). Oxbow
  • Review of archaeological projects in Hertfordshire 2009-12. Hertfordshire Archaeology & History 17 (2016), 181-211
  • When was the Roman conquest in Hertfordshire? Archaeology in Hertfordshire: recent research. A Festschrift for Tony Rook (ed Kris Lockyear) (2015), 117-34. University of Hertfordshire Press
  • Late Iron Age pottery, IN Paul Bennett, Keith Parfitt & Jon Rady (2014), Prehistoric and Anglo-Saxon discoveries on the east Kent chalklands: investigations along the Whitfield-Eastry by-pass 1991-1996 (p145-56). Canterbury Archaeological Trust Occasional Paper 9
  • Section 18, Roman roads; section 71, Abandoned settlements; & 72, Markets & fairs [and the GIS maps throughout] IN An historical atlas of Hertfordshire (ed David Short) (2011). University of Hertfordshire Press
  • John Catt, Brian Perry, Isobel Thompson & Stewart Bryant (2010), Prehistoric archaeology and human occupation of Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire geology & landscape (ed John Catt), 226-55. Hertfordshire Natural History Society
  • Review of archaeological projects in Hertfordshire 2006-8. Hertfordshire Archaeology & History 16 (2009), 123-137
  • Harrow in the Roman period. London & Middlesex Archaeological Society Transactions 59 (2008), 61-80
  • Lynn Dyson-Bruce, Stewart Bryant & Isobel Thompson (2006), Historic Landscape Characterisation county report for Hertfordshire
  • Rosalind Niblett & Isobel Thompson (2005), Alban's buried towns. An assessment of St Albans archaeology up to AD 1600 Oxbow Books for English Heritage
  • The St Albans Urban Archaeological Strategy Project, in G T Denford (ed), Museums in the landscape: bridging the gap. The Museum Archaeologist 23 (1996), 20-21 (Society of Museum Archaeologists)
  • Grog-tempered `Belgic' pottery of south-eastern England (1982). BAR British Series 108
  • Wheathampstead revisited. Bull.Inst. of Archaeology (Univ. London) 16 (1979), 159-185