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Prof Julian Thomas - publications

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  • Thomas, J. (2015). A Neolithic ceremonial complex in Galloway: excavations at Dunragit and Droughduil, 1999-2002. Oxford: Oxbow Books.. Publication link: 617b2092-ff9e-4619-bc2a-0f0768bbf797
  • Thomas, J. (2015). What do we mean by 'Neolithic societies'?. In C. F., J. H., & D. H. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe. (pp. 1073-1092). Oxford: Oxford University Press. . Publication link: 8b9b7996-5ffb-45bc-a688-c06117b09e43
  • Thomas, J. (2015). The future of archaeological theory.Antiquity, 89(348). . Publication link: 349cf178-2c9d-4e6e-9d6b-f1ce5933f41f
  • Thomas, J. (2015). House societies and founding ancestors in Early Neolithic Britain. In C. R., M. B., & I. M. (Eds.), Death Rituals, Social Order and the Archaeology of Immortality in the Ancient World: Death Shall Have No Dominion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. . Publication link: 20bcb40d-b81a-449a-a872-a857b7223354
  • Thomas, J. (2015). Why are archaeologists discussing 'the death of theory'?. In C. H., & J. S. (Eds.), Debating Archaeological Empiricism. London: Routledge. . Publication link: c43f0cfd-d4bd-4b07-85ad-67bda462785b
  • Thomas, J. (2015). Frightful neighbourhood.Antiquity, 89, 977-979. DOI: Publication link: f19215f7-b44d-4820-bdf3-9678e682e2b0



  • Thomas, J. (2012). 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): Japanese translation of 'Time, Culture and Identity'. Tokyo: 同成社.. Publication link: d208d8ae-849a-414a-9f25-e1171a2c470a
  • Thomas, J. (2012). Introduction: beyond the mundane?. In H. A-W. (Ed.), Regional Perspectives on Neolithic Pit Deposition: Beyond the Mundane. (pp. 1-12). Oxford: Oxbow Books. . Publication link: 1cd61565-1733-4e27-8826-e7eecd8a1030
  • Thomas, J. (2012). Some deposits are more structured than others. Archaeological Dialogues, 19(2), 124-127. DOI: Publication link: 5484815b-c8d9-44cc-ae30-0815e573fc83
  • Thomas, J. (2012). In the house of the living. Unknown Journal, (2867), 32-33. . Publication link: 85eb8906-6ff1-466d-8b31-cfe5466a1804
  • Thomas, J. (2012). Archaeology and the politics of tradition. In M. J. S., J. P. C-R., & S. M-R. (Eds.), Discursos em Arqueologia. (pp. 135-146). Porto: Coimbra. . Publication link: ad15f2b8-5965-4cd3-a496-241a7dd9880f
  • Thomas, J. (2012). Los monumentos megaliticos de Europa.In M. A. R. G., R. G. P., & I. G. M. D. L. (Eds.), El Neolítico En La Península Ibérica Y Su Contexto Europeo. (pp. 55-70). Madrid: Catedra. . Publication link: b0d977c9-c35b-49c0-a78f-0d60f8bb692c
  • Thomas, J. (2012). Anthropology and archaeology. In R. F., O. H., T. H. J. M., M. N., C. S., V. S., & R. A. W. (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology. (pp. 138-153). London: Sage. . Publication link: 82b20d6b-2929-49d1-81f1-7eea6b48c042
  • Thomas, J., & Anderson-Whymark, H. (Ed.) (2012). Regional Perspectives on Pit Deposition: Beyond the Mundane. Oxford: Oxbow Books.. Publication link: 7353884a-7afc-4abb-b0bd-be89148a60cb


  • Thomas, J., & Insoll, T. (Ed.) (2011). Ritual and religion in the Neolithic. In T. I. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion. (pp. 361-386). Oxford: Oxford University Press. . Publication link: f2ccb76e-abd4-46a8-a616-ecb6796fc06d


  • Thomas, J. (2010). The return of the rinyo-clacton folk? The cultural significance of the Grooved Ware complex in Later Neolithic Britain. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 20(1), 1-15. DOI:10.1017/S0959774310000016. Publication link: 6e56c5e7-40e0-4d78-aab1-82821999b2b7
  • Thomas, J. (2010). Commentary: walls and bridges.In D. G., & T. Y. (Eds.), Archaeology and Anthropology: Understanding Similarities, Exploring Differences. (pp. 179-184). Oxford: Oxbow Books. . Publication link: 3cc89874-70a0-4087-bcc3-f653d8af7b4d


  • Thomas, J. (2009). Sigmund Freud's archaeological metaphor and archaeology's self-understanding.In C. H., & A. P. (Eds.), Contemporary Archaeologies: Excavating Now. (pp. 33-45). London: Peter Lang. . Publication link: 301dde6a-9eed-4164-a67e-58b394cb3442
  • Thomas, J., & Jorge, V. (Ed.) (2009). Archaeology and the Politics of Vision in a Post-Modern Context. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar's Press.. Publication link: 43c8deda-a67a-49cc-a5ac-89efd9993521
  • Thomas, J. (2009). On the ocularcentrism of archaeology.In V. J. (Ed.), Archaeology and the Politics of Vision in a Post-Modern Context. (pp. 1-12). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar's Press. . Publication link: 1d1cf4ea-979e-45f2-8fd5-57213a6e850b
  • Pearson, M. P., Chamberlain, A., Jay, M., Marshall, P., Pollard, J., Richards, C., ... Welham, K. (2009). Who was buried at stonehenge?. Antiquity, 83(319), 23-39. . Publication link: 72b9bbef-6a61-4a75-9bf4-78827adb8414
  • Thomas, J. (2009). Response to Appel and Darmark: evolution and material culture. Current Swedish Archaeology, 17, 41-46. . Publication link: e9847ef7-ad52-4e9d-a29b-0cba0c87895e
  • Thomas, J., Marshall, P., Pearson, M. P., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Tilley, C., & Welham, K. (2009). The date of the greater stonehenge cursus. Antiquity, 83(319), 40-53. . Publication link: f9c25c2a-1aa1-4d85-90ec-d33416fc7a88


  • Thomas, J., & David, B. (2008). Landscape archaeology: introduction. In Handbook of Landscape Archaeology. (pp. 27-43). Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press. . Publication link: c175f2fb-5e78-4c9c-9f4a-526d0d7123bb
  • Thomas, J., & David, B. (Ed.) (2008). Handbook of Landscape Archaeology. (World Archaeological Congress Research Handbooks in Archaeology). Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.. Publication link: 03b7aba1-62fa-4ce4-b44e-71878e7d3a9f
  • Thomas, J. (2008). Archaeology, landscape and dwelling. In B. D. (Ed.), Handbook of Landscape Archaeology. (pp. 300-306). Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press. . Publication link: 09db7d56-420b-44e1-8243-382c5eca8b26
  • Thomas, J., Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Tilley, C., & Welham, K. (2008). The Stonehenge Riverside Project: exploring the Neolithic landscape of Stonehenge.Documenta Praehistorica, 35, 153-166. . Publication link: 21db4c50-f744-4a23-a1c9-b6d7ce5ff03e
  • Thomas, J. S. (2008). Comments on ‘Past Practices: Rethinking Individuals and Agents in Archaeology’ by A.B. Knapp and P. van Dommelen. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 18. . Publication link: 74974f60-24ed-4471-9367-fc8e9cf710af
  • Thomas, J. S. (2008). The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Britain. In J. P. (Ed.), Prehistoric Britain. (pp. 58-89). Oxford: Blackwell. . Publication link: aea9013b-0dcc-4ce9-91eb-1dd2564ede10


  • Thomas, J. S. (2007). Place and Memory: Excavations at the Pict's Knowe, Holywood and Holm Farm, Dumfries and Galloway, 1994-8. Oxford: Oxbow Books.. Publication link: 5a6297af-bbfa-43bd-8ae4-229027f422aa
  • Thomas, J. (2007). Mesolithic-Neolithic transitions in Britain: From essence to inhabitation. Proceedings of the British Academy, 144, 423-439. DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264140.003.0022. Publication link: 71fbec03-7c83-4206-9ef5-3e9c3cb8745f
  • Pearson, M. P., Cleal, R., Marshall, P., Needham, S., Pollard, J., Richards, C., ... Richards, M. (2007). The age of Stonehenge. Antiquity, 81(313), 617-639. . Publication link: 108c971f-f255-4cb1-afa5-be1b62ee0fe1
  • Thomas, J. (2007). The internal features at Durrington Walls: investigations in the Southern Circle and Western Enclosures 2005-6.In M. L., & M. P. P. (Eds.), From Stonehenge to the Baltic: Living with Cultural Diversity in the Third Millennium BC. (pp. 145-158). Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. . Publication link: 307f2371-4df2-4ebd-b396-71d37a1c1382
  • Thomas, J., & Jorge, V. (2007). Overcoming the Modern Conception of Material Culture. ADECAP.. Publication link: d825a1e0-7b98-40d4-859c-2f3c01c11446
  • Thomas, J. S. (2007). The trouble with material culture. Journal of Iberian Archaeology, 9/10, 11-24. . Publication link: c226befc-4069-4ec8-a691-f730f4ff618f


  • Pearson, M. P., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Tilley, C., & Welham, K. (2006). Stonehenge, its river and its landscape: Unravelling the mysteries of a prehistoric sacred place. Archaologischer Anzeiger, 1, 237-258. . Publication link: ee265412-5e8c-479d-a730-cb98ae46405e
  • Thomas, J. (2006). On the origins and development of cursus monuments in Britain. Proceedings of the prehistoric Society, 72, 229-241. . Publication link: a515f46a-076f-4af8-b0f5-be05b8aeed5f
  • Pearson, M. P., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Thomas, J., Tilley, C., Welham, K., & Albarella, U. (2006). Materializing Stonehenge: The Stonehenge Riverside Project and new discoveries. Journal of Material Culture, 11(1-2), 227-261. DOI:10.1177/1359183506063024. Publication link: 96c9c38b-2d83-4630-8f2e-275f72be913b
  • Thomas, J. S. (2006). From dwelling to building. Journal of Iberian Archaeology, 8, 349-359. DOI:10.5026/jgeography.117.479. Publication link: 435f7497-cdd6-467e-a066-0733f656c2f6
  • Thomas, J. S. (2006). Phenomenology and material culture. In C. T., W. K., S. K., M. R., & P. S. (Eds.), Handbook of Material Culture. (pp. 43-59). London: Sage. . Publication link: 373ac85e-58fe-468b-a265-b19296ccae3b
  • Thomas, J. S. (2006). A reply to Christopher Witmore, Håkon Glørstad, Søren Kjørup and Ola W. Jensen. Norwegian archaeological Review, 39, 62-69. . Publication link: 3afe05f1-d7f8-4ce9-8275-efe7136a581f
  • Thomas, J. S. (2006). Gene-flows and social processes: the potential of genetics and archaeology. Documenta Prehistorica, 33, 51-59. . Publication link: 17d495a6-4eec-4e91-a285-2592b7017134


  • Thomas, J., & Jones, A. (2005). Comments VIII: Between 'material qualities' and 'materiality'. Archaeometry, 47(1), 198-207. DOI:10.1111/j.1475-4754.2005.195-8.x. Publication link: 066fd5f1-d7ca-4b0c-9d3d-7ba7a5b23025
  • Thomas, J. S. (2005). Ceremonies of the horsemen? From megalithic tombs to Beaker burials in prehistoric Europe.In M. G-P. R-G., & I. R. G-M. D. (Eds.), Bell Beakers in the Iberian Peninsula and Their European Context. (pp. 107-135). University of Valladolid. . Publication link: 58049e6f-a6f3-4118-903b-2f110fd46d2f
  • Thomas, J. S. (2005). Ambiguous symbols: why there were no figurines in Neolithic Britain. Documenta Prehistorica, 32, 167-175. . Publication link: 79a6f5a6-6e01-4884-8ad2-0902c9b20168
  • Thomas, J. S. (2005). Materiality and the social. In P. F., A. Z., & E. S. (Eds.), Global Archaeological Theory: Contextual Voices and Contemporary Thoughts. (pp. 11-18). Kluwer. . Publication link: 9d11cbcd-5c8b-4fb3-8173-680a2686a77e


  • Thomas, J. S. (2004). Notions of the person. In C. R., & P. B. (Eds.), Archaeology: The Key Concepts,. Routledge. . Publication link: d833d414-d72f-436b-8fd3-c3a3435e091c
  • Thomas, J. S. (2004). The great dark book: archaeology, experience and interpretation. In J. B. (Ed.), A Companion to Archaeology. Blackwell. . Publication link: efa32049-61ab-41e3-8e47-ca2b35f9d89b
  • Thomas, J. S. (2004). Materiality, authenticity, and skilled engagement: a commentary. In A. L. Y. R. (Ed.), Archaeology and Performance. Traumwerk. . Publication link: dca3feee-8274-46db-8e5a-bada2d48599e
  • Thomas, J. S. (2004). Identity, power and material culture in Neolithic Britain. In N. M. (Ed.), Cultural Diversity and the Archaeology of the 21st Century. Society of Archaeological Studies. . Publication link: 9eab1fb8-5a76-4e5c-8b1f-bfbc6efe52d9
  • Thomas, J. S. (2004). Archaeology?s place in modernity.Modernism/Modernity, 11, 17-34. DOI:10.1353/mod.2004.0028. Publication link: 9a6ff597-7537-4bfc-b81c-2bed9fde543b
  • Thomas, J. S. (2004). Materiality and traditions of practice in Neolithic south-west Scotland. In V. C., & C. F. (Eds.), The Neolithic of the Irish Sea: Materiality and Traditions of Practice. Oxbow Books. . Publication link: a436bf2e-1d54-48b8-a488-2281a6cc6af8
  • Thomas, J. S., & Matsumoto, N. (Ed.) (2004). Archaeology, modernity and society. In N. M. (Ed.), Cultural Diversity and the Archaeology of the 21st Century. Society of Archaeological Studies. . Publication link: 5ea8dcab-2df3-4c4e-9f26-829612e8109e
  • Thomas, J. S. (2004). The later Neolithic architectural repertoire: the case of the Dunragit complex. In R. C., & J. P. (Eds.), Monuments and Material Culture: Papers on Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain in Honour of Isobel Smith,. Hobnob Press. . Publication link: 49d2f2a4-3deb-48a3-80d1-9712472af9ca
  • Thomas, J. S. (2004). The ritual universe. In I. S., & G. B. (Eds.), Scotland in Ancient Europe. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. . Publication link: 3d37abdb-18fc-4751-bf6f-050ebf92962d
  • Thomas, J. S. (2004). Recent debates on the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Britain and Ireland.Documenta Praehistorica, 31. . Publication link: 019590a6-6028-4e76-9e66-6bf4ceb6353f
  • Thomas, J., Schnapp, J., Shanks, M., & Tiews, M. (2004). Archaeology, modernism, modernity editors' introduction to "archaeologies of the modern," a special issue of modernism/modernity. Routledge.. Publication link: 0904c541-4917-4cbd-8740-fb1d646c8cb9


  • Thomas, J. S. (2003). In the Kinship of Cows: the Social Centrality of Cattle in the Earlier Neolithic of Southern Britain. In M. P. P. (Ed.), Food, Culture and Identity in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. British Archaeological Reports. . Publication link: 882ff27e-8d1a-4599-b9d9-25b24c43febd
  • Thomas, J. (2003). Thoughts on the 'repacked' neolithic revolution. Antiquity, 77(295), 67-74. . Publication link: b28dc12c-3326-429e-b7bf-2a2a16cd7b07


  • Thomas, J. S. (2002). Taking power seriously. In O. M. (Ed.), The Dynamics of Power. Southern Illinois University Press. . Publication link: aa220661-96f5-43a1-86d1-1d83214284f1
  • Thomas, J. S. (2002). Archaeology's humanism and the materiality of the body. In Y. H., M. P., & S. T. (Eds.), Thinking Through the Body,. Kluwer. . Publication link: d1f0e091-9220-4573-b5c4-a752852544ff


  • Thomas, J. (2001). The Destruction and Conservation of Cultural Property. In R. L., & P. S. (Eds.), host publication. Routledge. . Publication link: 5890e17a-7df2-490c-8b68-e449207628e4
  • Thomas, J. S. (2001). Archaeologies of Place and Landscape. In I. H. (Ed.), Archaeological Theory Today. Policy Press. . Publication link: 64c015b7-eacf-426b-9f88-0a769ffce72f
  • Thomas, J. S. (2001). Intersecting landscapes. In B. B., & M. W. (Eds.), Contested Landscapes: Movement, Exile and Place. Berg. . Publication link: 84f325c5-f681-488e-92cd-a45ecb1354a1


  • Thomas, J. (2000). Death, identity and the body in neolithic Britain. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 6(4), 653-668. . Publication link: e4f400f3-0941-4c45-a40a-798e24fd4b95
  • Thomas, J. S., & Schiffer, M. B. (Ed.) (2000). Reconfiguring the social, reconfiguring the material. In Social Theory in Arcaheology. University of Utah Press. . Publication link: 3cbcee66-a9d3-493d-bb1c-96fa6f678941
  • Thomas, J., & Darvill, T. (Ed.) (2000). Neolithic Enclosures of North-West Europe. Oxbow Books.. Publication link: 3e074973-86ca-4201-a03a-fb3bc0ef49c3
  • Thomas, J. S. (2000). The identity of place in Neolithic Britain: examples from south-west Scotland. In A. R. (Ed.), Neolithic Orkney in its European Context,. McDonald Foundation. . Publication link: 0c634a79-05d3-49e4-a9d1-4ff01ce4d94d
  • Thomas, J. S. (2000). Interpretive Archaeology: A Reader. Continuum.. Publication link: 5bfc3ac4-ee35-4dc0-a3d9-d4a827e88a39



  • Thomas, J. S. (1998). The socio-semiotics of material culture. Journal of Material Culture, 3. . Publication link: c851bce7-8198-499c-a294-2643d4306df1
  • Thomas, J. S. (1998). 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. . Publication link: 51a0781f-4b84-4f28-be43-fff66808f28e