Kenneth Thomas
  • k.thomas@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 4767
  • Internal: 24767
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Kenneth Thomas

  • BSc, PhD
  • Emeritus Professor of Human Palaeoecology

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.

Current Research Projects

  • 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.

Research Directory


  • 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).

Educational Background

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

Second Supervisor

  • Liz Henton Changing herding practices in the Anatolian Neolithic landscape (the case-study of Catalhoyuk); the use of oxygen stable isotopes and microwear in sheep teeth to establish increasing control of breeding season, slaughtering schedule, pasturing locality an (principal supervisor Louise Martin)
  • Velissaria Vanna How different was life in a Hellenistic town to 20th century Greek urban life? A biological approach (principal supervisor Simon Hillson)

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