Institute of Archaeology

Prof Ken Thomas

Prof Ken Thomas

Emeritus Professor of Human Palaeoecology

Institute of Archaeology

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st Dec 1973

Research summary

Research Interests

Palaeoecology, environmental reconstruction and past human ecology, in theory and practice. Environment and subsistence change, especially the evolution of complex agrarian systems. Shell midden archaeology.

Research Projects and Networks

The Archaeology of Human Evolution

Human palaeoecology in the coastal zone of western Sicily from the Upper Palaeolithic to the Neolithic.

Late Neolithic to Bronze Age environmental, subsistence and technological transitions in northern Pakistan.

Environmental and economic context of early Iron Age urban societies in northern Pakistan.


British Museum, University of Cambridge, Bryn Mawr University (USA), the Pakistan Heritage Society (Peshawar) and the University of Peshawar: Bannu Archaeological Project.

NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, Keyworth, Nottingham

Museo Archeologico Regionale “A. Salinas ”, Palermo and the Soprintendenza dei Beni Culturali ed Ambientali di Trapani (Sicily).


BSc, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Human Palaeoecology

Educational Background
BSc Zoology (University of Wales at Bangor)
PhD in Zoology [Ecological Genetics] (University of Liverpool)