Prof Julian Thomas

Professor of Archaeology

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Qualifications - Academic and Professional

Bachelor of Technology in Archaeological Sciences, Bradford University (1981)

Master of Arts in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy, Sheffield University (1982)

Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology, Sheffield University (1986)


Previous Employment and Appointments Held

1987 - 1993: Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Wales, Lampeter

1994 - 1996: Lecturer in Archaeology, Southampton University

1996 - 1998: Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, Southampton University

1998 - 2000: Reader in Archaeology, Southampton University


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

1989-present Member of National Committee of the Theoretical Archaeology Group.

1994-1999 Secretary, World Archaeological Congress.

1995 Life Membership of the Collingwood Society.

2006- Visiting Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

2001-2004 and 2007-2010 Vice President of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

2012 Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

2015-present Awards and Honours Committee, Royal Anthropological Institute.

2017-present Finance Committee, Royal Anthropological Institute.

2018-present Member of Council, Royal Anthropological Institute.



1992-2004 Editorial Board, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

1993-2003 Advisory editor, Archaeological Dialogues

1995 - present Editorial Board, Journal of Material Culture

2005 – present. Editorial Board, Journal of Iberian Archaeology

2005 – present. Editorial Board, Time and Mind

2010 – present. Editorial Board, Journal of Social Archaeology

2011 – present. Editorial Board, Current Swedish Archaeology

1999-2003 Academic series editor (with Professor Martin Hall), One World Archaeology, Routledge (imprint of the World Archaeological Congress)

1997 Series editor, Themes in Archaeology , Routledge.


External positions

Member of the Awards and Honours Committee, The Royal Anthropological Institute

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Areas of expertise

  • CC Archaeology - Neolithic Archaeology, Theory & Philosophy of Archaeology

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