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  • Dr Thomas Oliver Pryce
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate
  • o.pryce@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Thomas Pryce

Since obtaining his PhD at UCL in 2009, Thomas Pryce has kept a strong link to the Institute. He contributes to the supervision of MSc students and works in collaboration with IoA staff on various projects in Southeast Asia.

Following a postdoc in Oxford he is now employed at the CNRS and remains an active scholar in the archaeology of Southeast Asia. His current 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.

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