Dr Richard Thomas

FullSizeRender.jpgReader in Archaeology

BA, PhD (Birmingham), FSA, FLS

Chair of the Association for Environmental Archaeology

Associate Editor for the International Journal of Paleopathology

International Committee member of the International Council for ArchaeoZoology (ICAZ)

Tel: 0116 252 3343   Email: rmt12@le.ac.uk

Richard Thomas read Ancient History and Archaeology at Birmingham University (1995-1998). He subsequently embarked on a PhD at Birmingham, studying diet, agriculture, and human-animal relations in late medieval and early modern England. Richard joined the School as Lecturer in Archaeology in September 2003 and was promoted to Reader in 2014. Richard is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, Chair of the Association for Environmental Archaeology, a Member of the ICAZ International Committee, and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Paleopathology.

Recent Grants

2017 Feeding Anglo-Saxon England: The Bioarchaeology of an Agricultural Revolution (ERC, $1.94 million, CI)

2016 Going Places: Empowering Women, Enhancing Heritage and Increasing Chicken Production in Ethiopia (AHRC, £225k, CI)

2014 Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions (AHRC, £1.94 miliion, CI)



Richard teaches at all three levels of undergraduate study to both campus-based and distance learning students and postgraduate taught students. Richard is co-director of the Bradgate Park Fieldschool.

Selected Recent Publications

Appleby, J., Thomas, R. and Buikstra, J. 2015. Confidence in paleopathological diagnosis – a borrowed terminological framework. International Journal of Paleopathology 8: 19-21.

Gordon, R., Thomas, R., Foster, A. 2015. The health impact of selective breeding in poultry: a probable case of ‘creeper’ chicken (Gallus gallus) from 16th-century Chester, England. International Journal of Paleopathology 9: 1-7

Thomas, R. 2017. The zooarchaeology of animal ‘care’, pp. 169-188, in Powell, L., Southwell-Wright, W., and Gowland, R. (eds.), Care in the Past: Archaeological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Thomas, R. 2015. Food as material culture in a 19th-century ecclesiastical community, pp. 188-215, in Brooks, A. M. (ed.), Nineteenth-Century Material Culture Studies from Britain. Society for Historical Archaeology and University of Nebraska Press

Thomas, R., Sadler, P. and Cooper, J. 2015. Developmental osteology of cross-bred red junglefowl (Gallus gallus L. 1758) and the Implications for Ageing Chickens from Archaeological Sites. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

Tourigny, E., Thomas, R., Guiry, E., Earp, R., Allen, A., Rothenberger, J., and Lawler, D. 2016. An osteobiography of a 19th-century dog from Toronto, Canada. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 26: 818–829.

For a full list of publications see: http://leicester.academia.edu/RichardThomas

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