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Prof Julian Thomas - publications

List of publications

Authored book

  • J. Thomas. Dunragit and Droughduil: A Neolithic Monumental Complex in South-West Scotland. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2015. eScholarID:148195
  • Julian Thomas. The Birth of Neolithic Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. eScholarID:148199
  • Julian Thomas. 解釈考古学: 先史社会の時間・文化・アイデンティティ [単行本] (Time, Culture and Identity). Tokyo: 同成社, 2012. eScholarID:162877
  • Thomas, J S. Place and Memory: Excavations at the Pict's Knowe, Holywood and Holm Farm, Dumfries and Galloway, 1994-8. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2007. eScholarID:4b800
  • Thomas, J S. Archaeology and Modernity. Routledge, 2004. eScholarID:4b756
  • Thomas, J S. Understanding the Neolithic. London: Routledge, 1999. eScholarID:4b662
  • Thomas, J S. Time, Culture and Identity: An Interpretive Archaeology. London: Routledge, 1996. eScholarID:4b628

Edited book

  • H. Anderson-Whymark and J. Thomas. ed. Regional Perspectives on Pit Deposition. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2012. eScholarID:148175
  • Julian Thomas, Vitor Jorge. ed. Archaeology and the Politics of Vision in a Post-Modern Context. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar's Press, 2009. eScholarID:4002
  • Thomas, J S. Bruno David and Julian Thomas. ed. Handbook of Landscape Archaeology. World Archaeological Congress Research Handbooks in Archaeology. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 2008. eScholarID:4b1496
  • Thomas, J S., Vitor Jorge. Overcoming the Modern Conception of Material Culture. ADECAP, 2007. eScholarID:4b1256
  • Thomas, J S. Interpretive Archaeology: A Reader. Continuum, 2000. eScholarID:4b663
  • Thomas, J S. Neolithic Enclosures of North-West Europe. Edited by T. Darvill & J. Thomas. , Oxbow, 2000. eScholarID:4b980

Book contribution

  • Julian Thomas. "House societies and founding ancestors in Early Neolithic Britain." In Death Rituals, Social Order and the Archaeology of Immortality in the Ancient World, ed. Colin Renfrew, Michael Boyd and Iain Morley, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. eScholarID:254393
  • Julian Thomas. "What do we mean by 'Neolithic societies'?." In The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe, ed. C. Fowler, J. Harding and D. Hofmann, 1073-1092. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. eScholarID:254328
  • Julian Thomas. "Why are archaeologists discussing 'the death of theory'?." In Debating Archaeological Empiricism, ed. C. Hillerdal and J. Siapkas, London: Routledge, 2015. eScholarID:254331
  • Julian Thomas. "Anthropology and archaeology." In The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology, ed. R. Fardon, O. Harris, T.H.J Marchand, M. Nuttall, C. Shore, V. Strang and R.A.Wilson, 138-153. London: Sage, 2012. eScholarID:165669
  • Julian Thomas. "Archaeology and the politics of tradition." In Discursos em Arqueologia, ed. M. Jesus Sanches, J.P. Cunha-Ribeiro and S. Monteiro-Rodrigues, 135-146. Porto: Coimbra, 2012. eScholarID:254447
  • J. Thomas. "Introduction: beyond the mundane?." In Regional Perspectives on Neolithic Pit Deposition, ed. H. Anderson-Whymark and J. Thomas, 1-12. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2012. eScholarID:148182
  • Julian Thomas. "Los monumentos megaliticos de Europa." In El Neolítico En La Península Ibérica Y Su Contexto Europeo, ed. M.A. Rojo Guerra, R. Garrida Pena and I.G. Martinez de Lagran, 55-70. Madrid: Catedra, 2012. eScholarID:170010
  • J. Thomas. "Ritual and religion in the Neolithic." In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion, ed. T. Insoll, 361-386. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. eScholarID:148189
  • Julian Thomas. "Commentary: walls and bridges." In Archaeology and Anthropology: Understanding Similarities, Exploring Differences, ed. D. Garrow and T. Yarrow, 179-184. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2010. eScholarID:92130
  • Julian Thomas. "On the ocularcentrism of archaeology." In Archaeology and the Politics of Vision in a Post-Modern Context, ed. Julian Thomas, Vitor Jorge, 1-12. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar's Press, 2009. eScholarID:4028
  • Julian Thomas. "Sigmund Freud's archaeological metaphor and archaeology's self-understanding." In Contemporary Archaeologies: Excavating Now, ed. Cornelius Holtorf, Angela Piccini, 33-45. London: Peter Lang, 2009. eScholarID:4021
  • Thomas, J S. "Archaeology, landscape and dwelling." In Handbook of Landscape Archaeology, ed. Bruno David and Julian Thomas, 300-306. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 2008. eScholarID:3b3085
  • Bruno David and Julian Thomas. "Landscape archaeology: introduction." In Handbook of Landscape Archaeology, ed. Bruno David and Julian Thomas, 27-43. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 2008. eScholarID:9414
  • Thomas, J S. "The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Britain." In Prehistoric Britain, ed. Joshua Pollard, 58-89. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. eScholarID:3b3084
  • Julian Thomas. "The internal features at Durrington Walls: investigations in the Southern Circle and Western Enclosures 2005-6." In From Stonehenge to the Baltic: Living with Cultural Diversity in the Third Millennium BC, ed. M. Larsen and M. Parker Pearson, 145-158. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 2007. eScholarID:4051
  • Thomas, J S. "Phenomenology and material culture." In Handbook of Material Culture, ed. C. Tilley, W. Keane, S. Kuchler, M. Rowlands, P. Spyer, 43-59. London: Sage, 2006. eScholarID:3b4658
  • Thomas, J S. "Ceremonies of the horsemen? From megalithic tombs to Beaker burials in prehistoric Europe." In Bell Beakers in the Iberian Peninsula and Their European Context, ed. Rojo-Guerra, M. Garrido-Pena, R. García-Martínez de, I, 107-135.University of Valladolid, 2005. eScholarID:3b1697
  • Thomas, J S. "Materiality and the social." In Global Archaeological Theory: Contextual Voices and Contemporary Thoughts, ed. P. Funari, A. Zarankin and E. Stovel, 11-18.Kluwer, 2005. eScholarID:3b4659
  • Thomas, J S. "Archaeology, modernity and society." In Cultural Diversity and the Archaeology of the 21st Century, ed. N. Matsumoto, 216-25.Society of Archaeological Studies, 2004. eScholarID:3b1703
  • Thomas, J S. "Identity, power and material culture in Neolithic Britain." In Cultural Diversity and the Archaeology of the 21st Century, ed. N. Matsumoto, 166-85.Society of Archaeological Studies, 2004. eScholarID:3b1704
  • Thomas, J S. "Materiality and traditions of practice in Neolithic south-west Scotland." In The Neolithic of the Irish Sea: Materiality and Traditions of Practice, ed. V. Cummings and C. Fowler, 174-84.Oxbow, 2004. eScholarID:3b1699
  • Thomas, J S. "Materiality, authenticity, and skilled engagement: a commentary." In Archaeology and Performance, ed. A. Lopez Y Royo, Traumwerk, 2004. eScholarID:3b1701
  • Thomas, J S. "Notions of the person." In Archaeology: The Key Concepts, ed. C. Renfrew and P. Bahn, 186-91.Routledge, 2004. eScholarID:3b1698
  • Thomas, J S. "The great dark book: archaeology, experience and interpretation." In A Companion to Archaeology, ed. John Bintliff, Blackwell, 2004. eScholarID:3b1270
  • Thomas, J S. "The later Neolithic architectural repertoire: the case of the Dunragit complex." In Monuments and Material Culture: Papers on Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain in Honour of Isobel Smith, ed. R. Cleal and J. Pollard, 98-108.Hobnob Press, 2004. eScholarID:3b1700
  • Thomas, J S. "The ritual universe." In Scotland in Ancient Europe, ed. I. Shepherd and G. Barclay, 171-8.Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2004. eScholarID:3b1702
  • Thomas, J S. "In the Kinship of Cows: the Social Centrality of Cattle in the Earlier Neolithic of Southern Britain." In Food, Culture and Identity in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, ed. M. Parker Pearson, 37-44.British Archaeological Reports, 2003. eScholarID:3b1705
  • Thomas, J S. "Archaeology's humanism and the materiality of the body." In Thinking Through the Body, ed. Y. Hamilakis, M. Pluciennik and S. Tarlow, -.Kluwer, 2002. eScholarID:3b1707
  • Thomas, J S. "Taking power seriously." In The Dynamics of Power, ed. M. O’Donovan, 35-50.Southern Illinois University Press, 2002. eScholarID:3b1706
  • Thomas, J S. "Archaeologies of Place and Landscape." In Archaeological Theory Today, ed. Hodder, I, 165-86.Policy Press, 2001. eScholarID:3b1138
  • Thomas, J S. "Intersecting landscapes." In Contested Landscapes: Movement, Exile and Place, ed. B. Bender and M. Winer, 165-72.Berg, 2001. eScholarID:3b1708
  • Thomas, J S. "The Destruction and Conservation of Cultural Property." ed. J. Thomas, R. Layton and P. Stone, Routledge, 2001. eScholarID:3b1696
  • Thomas, J S. "Reconfiguring the social, reconfiguring the material." In Social Theory in Arcaheology, ed. Michael B. Schiffer, University of Utah Press, 2000. eScholarID:3b1137
  • Thomas, J S. "The identity of place in Neolithic Britain: examples from south-west Scotland." In Neolithic Orkney in its European Context, ed. A. Ritchie, 79-87.McDonald Foundation, 2000. eScholarID:3b1709
  • Thomas, J S. "Some Problems with the Notion of External Symbolic Storage, and the case of Neolithic Material Culture in Britain." In Cognition and Culture: The Archaeology of External Symbolic Storage, Cambridge: McDonald Foundation, 1998. eScholarID:3b1104

Journal article

  • Julian Thomas. "Frightful neighbourhood." Antiquity 89(2015) : 977-979. eScholarID:276224 | DOI:
  • Julian Thomas. "The future of archaeological theory." Antiquity 89, no. 348(2015) . eScholarID:276225
  • Julian Thomas. "Monumental architecture in sub-Saharan Africa: a European perspective." Azania 48, no. 2(2013) : 315-322. eScholarID:254333 | DOI:10.1080/0067270X.2013.790654
  • Julian Thomas. "In the house of the living." no. 2867(2012) : 32-33. eScholarID:254436
  • Julian Thomas. "Some deposits are more structured than others." Archaeological Dialogues 19, no. 2(2012) : 124-127. eScholarID:254444 | DOI:
  • Julian Thomas. "The Return of the Rinyo-Clacton Folk? The Cultural Significance of the Grooved Ware Complex in Later Neolithic Britain." Cambridge Archaeological Journal 20, no. 1(2010) : 1-15. eScholarID:77267 | DOI:10.1017/S0959774310000016
  • Julian Thomas. "Response to Appel and Darmark: evolution and material culture." Current Swedish Archaeology 17(2009) : 41-46. eScholarID:77263
  • Thomas, J., Marshall, P., Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Tilley, C. and Welham, K. "The date of the Greater Stonehenge Cursus." Antiquity 83, no. 319(2009) : 40-53. eScholarID:4036
  • Parker Pearson, M., Chamberlain, A., Jay, M., Marshall, P. Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Tilley, C. and Welham, K. "Who was buried at Stonehenge?" Antiquity 83(2009) : 23-39. eScholarID:4038
  • Thomas, J S. "Comments on ‘Past Practices: Rethinking Individuals and Agents in Archaeology’ by A.B. Knapp and P. van Dommelen." Cambridge Archaeological Journal 18(2008) : 26-28. eScholarID:1b5400
  • Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Tilley, C. and Welham, K. "The Stonehenge Riverside Project: exploring the Neolithic landscape of Stonehenge." Documenta Praehistorica 35(2008) : 153-166. eScholarID:4048
  • Thomas, J S. "Mesolithic-Neolithic transitions in Britain: from essence to inhabitation." Proceedings of the British Academy 144(2007) : 423-440. eScholarID:1b4214 | DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0022
  • Parker Pearson, M., Cleal, R., Marshall, P., Needham, S., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Ruggles, C., Sheridan, A., Thomas, J., Tilley, C., Welham, K., Chamberlain, A., Chenery, C., Evans, J., Knussel, C., Linford, N., Martin, L., Montgomery, J., Payne, A. and Richards, M. "The age of Stonehenge." Antiquity 81(2007) : 617-639. eScholarID:4053
  • Thomas, J S. "The trouble with material culture." Journal of Iberian Archaeology 9/10(2007) : 11-24. eScholarID:1b4213
  • Thomas, J S. "A reply to Christopher Witmore, Håkon Glørstad, Søren Kjørup and Ola W. Jensen." Norwegian archaeological Review 39(2006) : 62-69. eScholarID:1b8599
  • Thomas, J S. "From dwelling to building." Journal of Iberian Archaeology 8(2006) : 349-359. eScholarID:1b8598 | DOI:10.5026/jgeography.117.479
  • Thomas, J S. "Gene-flows and social processes: the potential of genetics and archaeology." Documenta Prehistorica 33(2006) : 51-59. eScholarID:1b10748
  • Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Tilley, C., Welham, K. and Albarella, U. "Materializing Stonehenge." Journal of Material Culture 11(2006) : 227-261. eScholarID:4056 | DOI:10.1177/1359183506063024
  • Thomas, J S. "On the origins and development of cursus monuments in Britain." Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 72(2006) : 229-241. eScholarID:1b8605
  • M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham. "Stonehenge, its river and its landscape: unravelling the mysteries of a prehistoric sacred place." Archaologische Anzeiger 2006, no. 1(2006) : 237-258. eScholarID:71837
  • Thomas, J S. "Ambiguous symbols: why there were no figurines in Neolithic Britain." Documenta Prehistorica 32(2005) : 167-175. eScholarID:1b8600
  • Thomas, J S. "Between `material qualities' and `materiality'?" Archaeometry 46(2005) : 198-200. eScholarID:1b8601 | DOI:10.1111/j.1475-4754.2005.195-8.x
  • Thomas, J S. "Archaeology?s place in modernity." Modernism/Modernity 11(2004) : 17-34. eScholarID:1b3005 | DOI:10.1353/mod.2004.0028
  • Thomas, J S. "Recent debates on the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Britain and Ireland." Documenta Praehistorica 31(2004) : 113-30. eScholarID:1b3004
  • Thomas, J S. "Thoughts on the `repacked? Neolithic revolution." Antiquity 77(2003) : 67-74. eScholarID:1b3006
  • Thomas, J S. "Death, identity and the body in Neolithic Britain." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 6(2000) : 603-17. eScholarID:1b2122
  • Thomas, J S. "The socio-semiotics of material culture." Journal of Material Culture 3(1998) : 97-108. eScholarID:1b2121