Institute of Archaeology


Michael Seager Thomas - Honorary Research Associate

Michael Seager Thomas
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Michael (Mike) Seager Thomas graduated from the UCL Institute of Archaeology in 1996, and until 2001 he worked in developer-funded archaeology as a Site Assistant and Site Supervisor (for Archaeology South-East and Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit) and continues to be involved in the commercial sector as a freelance stone and prehistoric pottery specialist.

He also directed research excavations for the Sussex Archaeological Society and Sussex Wildlife Trust and set up and directed two independent projects, the first involving the rescue excavation of prehistoric features exposed in the Selsey Raised Beach, the second the analysis of later prehistoric stone finds from southeast England, both part-funded by grants from the Sussex Archaeological Society.

His involvement in UCL Institute of Archaeology research dates back to Barbara Bender, Sue Hamilton and Chris Tilley's Bodmin Moor Stone Worlds Project, which he joined as excavation supervisor in its second season, and continues today in Sue Hamilton and Ruth Whitehouse's Tavoliere-Gargano Prehistory Project, and Sue Hamilton's Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project, on which he works as a landscape surveyor and geoarchaeologist/stone specialist. He is currently working on the second of three proposed monographs on the Tavoliere-Gargano project, while a joint paper by him, Hamilton and Whitehouse on the use of stone in Rapa Nui was published in 2011.

Research Interests

  • Stone in prehistoric archaeology
  • The prehistoric pottery of southeast England and the European Channel zone
  • The John Bradford Archive of aerial photos

Selected recent publications

  • Seager Thomas, M. with Barrowman, S., Bishop, B., le Hégerat, K., Meddens, F. & Reilly, K. (2014). A regionally important Early Iron Age pottery group; the Manor Farm Pub site, High Street, Rainham. Archaeologia Cantiana
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2013). The stone finds from Late Iron Age and Roman deposits at Brisley Farm, in J. Stevenson, Living by the Sword: the Archaeology of Brisley Farm, Ashford, Kent, 306-10. Spoilheap Monograph 6.
  • Hamilton, S., Hicks, D., Seager Thomas, M. & Whitehouse, R. (2013). Easter Island and Pitcairn Island. In D. Hicks & A. Stevenson (eds), World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: a characterization, 564-72. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2012). The prehistoric pottery assemblage, in P. Boyer, Archaeological investigations on land adjacent to Hunter Avenue, Ashford, Kent, 34-7. Kent Archaeological Society eArchaeological Reports. http://www.kentarchaeology.ac/archrep/Ashford04.pdf
  • Hamilton, S., Seager Thomas, M. & Whitehouse, R. (2011). Say it with stone: constructing with stones on Easter Island. World Archaeology 43 (2), 167-90.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2010). Potboilers reheated! Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 76, 357-66.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2010). Peterborough ware from Westbourne. A rare Middle Neolithic 'ritual' (?) deposit from the West Sussex Coastal Plain. Sussex Archaeological Collections 148, 7-15.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2010). A re-contextualization of the prehistoric pottery from the Surrey hillforts of Hascombe, Holmbury and Anstiebury. Surrey Archaeological Collections 95, 1-33.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2008). From potsherds, to people. Sussex prehistoric pottery: Collared Urns to post Deverel-Rimbury. Sussex Archaeological Collections 146, 19-51.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2008). The pottery, in A. Haslam, Prehistoric activity in the Medway Valley: A Middle Bronze Age site at Sittingbourne. Kent Archaeological Society eArchaeological Reports. http://www.kentarchaeology.ac/archrep/sittingbourne01.pdf
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2006). The pottery, in T. Carew et al., Unlocking the Landscape: Archaeological Excavations at Ashford Prison, Middlesex, 22-4, 34 & 56-68. Pre-Construct Archaeology Monograph 5.
  • Hamilton, S. & Whitehouse, R. with Brown, K., Combes, P., Herring, H, & Seager Thomas, M. (2006). Phenomenology in practice: towards a methodology for a 'subjective' approach. European Journal of Archaeology 9 (1), 31-72.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2006). The pottery, in K. Hülka, Bronze Age occupation of Newbury Park: further evidence of prehistoric Redbridge. London Archaeologist 11, 105-7.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2005). Understanding Iron Age Norton. Sussex Archaeological Collections 143, 83-117.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2005). The excavation of a later Saxon privy at Norton in East Sussex. Sussex Archaeological Collections 143, 267-9.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2005). The prehistoric pottery, in J. Stevenson, An archaeological excavation at Long Grove Road, Epsom, Surrey Archaeological Collections 92, 166-7.
  • Hamilton, S. & Seager Thomas, M. (2005). Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery, in B. Bishop & M. Bagwell, Iwade: the Occupation of a North Kent Village from the Mesolithic to the Medieval Period, 20-38. Pre-Construct Archaeology Monograph 3.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2004). Evidence for the prehistoric occupation of the Upper Cuckmere Valley. Sussex Archaeological Collections 142, 127-31.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2003). Late prehistoric pottery, in T. Bradley, An excavation at the Sir John Atkins Building, Campden Hill, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society 54, 30-3.
  • Moore, P., Bradley, T. & Bishop, B. with Seager Thomas, M., Hamilton, S. & Hunter, K. (2003). A Late Bronze Age burnt mound site at the Phillimores, Campden Hill Road, Kensington. London Archaeologist 10, 179-86.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2001). Two early first millennium BC wells from Selsey, West Sussex and their wider significance. Antiquaries Journal 81, 15-50.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (2001). A rare stone find of the Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age from Swanborough Hill, Iford. Sussex Archaeological Collections 139, 223-4.
  • Greatorex, C. & Seager Thomas, M. (2000). Rock shelter stratigraphy. Excavations at Eridge. Sussex Archaeological Collections 138, 102-10.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (1999). Stone finds in context. Sussex Archaeological Collections 137, 39-48.
  • Seager Thomas, M. (1998). New evidence for a Late Bronze Age occupation of Selsey Bill. Sussex Archaeological Collections 136, 7-22.