Dr Richard Thomas

rmt12.jpgSenior Lecturer in Archaeology

BA, Ph.D. (Birm.), FSA, FLS

Centre for Historical Archaeology

Chair of the Association for Environmental Archaeology
Associate Editor for the International Journal of Paleopathology

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. In 2010 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. In 2013 he was elected as Chair of the Association for Environmental Archaeology and awarded a £1.94 million AHRC consortium grant entitled: Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions. In 2014 Richard was elected to the international committee of the International Council for ArchaeoZoology (ICAZ).



Richard teaches at all three levels of undergraduate study to campus-based and distance learning students (level 1 – Fieldschool, Aims and Methods in Archaeology, Practical Aims and Methods in Archaeology, World Archaeology AD; level 2 – Environmental Archaeology, Interpreting Archaeological Evidence, Towards Modernity: Historical and Post-Medieval Archaeology; level 3 – Archaeological Practice, Forensic Archaeology, Archaeozoology). Richard also directs the MA Archaeology and contributes to many post-graduate modules as part of team-taught courses in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History and the Department of Chemistry.

Completed PhDs:

Judith Porcasi: Subsistence in palaeocoastal California

Stephanie Vann: A generic recording system for animal palaeopathology

Matilda Holmes: Food and status in the Saxon and Scandinavian burhs

Brooklynne Fothergill: The bird of the next dawn: the husbandry, transformation and translocation of the turrkey

Current PhDs:

Rebecca Gordon: Feeding the city: zooarchaeological evidence for urban provisioning (1550-1900 AD)

Rebecca Kibble: Multi-scale spatial analysis of zooarchaeological data using GIS

Meghann Mahoney: Diet and provisioning in Roman small towns: a case study from Ashton, Northamptonshire

Thomas Ohlson: Anthropization then and now: a comparison of zooarchaeologically-recorded faunal biodiversity with present-day faunal biodiversity in Florida

Eric Tourigny: Upper Canada foodways: an analysis of faunal remains recovered from urban household and rural farmstead sites in the area of York (Toronto), AD 1794-1900.

Selected Recent Publications

Fisher, A. and Thomas, R. 2012. Isotopic and zooarchaeological investigation of later medieval and post-medieval cattle husbandry at Dudley Castle, West Midlands. Environmental Archaeology 17 (2): 151-167.

Fothergill, B., Thomas, R., and Morris, J. 2012. Avian tibial dyschondroplasia in 19th-century turkey (Meleagris gallopavo L. 1758) remains from the Royal London Hospital. International Journal of Paleopathology 2 (4): 240-245.

Fudge, E. and Thomas, R. 2012. Man and beast: 'visiting your troops of cattle'. History Today 62 (12): 37-41.

Hamilton, J. and Thomas, R. 2012. Pannage, pulses and pigs: isotopic and zooarchaeological evidence for changing pig management practices in 14th century England. Journal of Medieval Archaeology 56: 234-259.

Thomas, R. 2012. Nonhuman paleopathology, pp. 652-666, in Buikstra, J. and Roberts, C. (eds), The Global History of Paleopathology: Pioneers and Prospects. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Thomas, R. and Johannsen, N. 2011. Articular lesions in cattle phalanges and their archaeological relevance. International Journal of Paleopathology 1: 43-54.

Thomas, R. and Grimm, J. 2011 The role of age, sex and body weight in the formation of ‘buttresses’ on sheep metatarsals. International Journal of Paleopathology 2: 121-125.

Thomas, R., Holmes, M., and Morris, J. 2013. “So bigge as bigge may be”: tracking size and shape change in domestic livestock in London (AD 1220-1900). Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 3309-3325.

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

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