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Department of Archaeology



BA Archaeology (Hons), University of Southampton - 2013

MA Osteoarchaeology (Distinction), University of Southampton - 2015


  • Neolithic Europe
  • Maltese prehistory
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Commingled human remains
  • Mortuary archaeology 
  • Archaeological theory 
  • Taphonomy 


Key publications: 

Thompson, J. E. 2019. Tinkering with the Dead: Taphonomic analysis of human remains from Tinkinswood Chambered Tomb. Archaeologia Cambrensis 168: 35–57. ISSN 0306-6924

Thompson, J. E., Martín-Vega, D., Power, R. K., Stoddart, S. and Malone, C. 2018. Identification of dermestid pupal chambers to Neolithic human bone: Implications for funerary practices at the Xemxija Tombs, Malta. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 22: 123–131. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.09.016.

Malone, C., McLaughlin, R., Mercieca-Spiteri, B., Parkinson, E., Power, R. K., Stock, J., Stoddart, S. and Thompson, J. 2018. The social implications of death in prehistoric Malta. In Schmitt, A., Déderix, S., Driessen, J. and Crevecoeur, I. (eds.) Gathered in Death: Archaeological and Ethnological Perspectives on Collective Burial and Social Organisation. Aegis Archéologie du Monde Minoen. Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses Universitaires de Louvain, 128–142.

Fine, L. J and Thompson, J. E. (eds.) 2018. Glocal Archaeology. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 33(1). ISSN 0261-4332.

Thompson, J. 2017. Reconstructing Burial Practices at the Xagħra Circle, Gozo. Tesserae, The Bulletin of Heritage Malta 4: 28–35.

Teaching and Supervisions


I currently supervise students on papers A4 (Being Human) and A12 (Archaeological Theory and Practice II). In the past, I have supervised on A1 (World Archaeology).

Guest Lecturer – Archaeology of Death and Burial, Macquarie University

Guest Lecturer – Archaeological Theory and Practice I, Cambridge University 

Guest Lecturer – MA Practical Archaeology, University of Malta



Research supervision: 

Other Professional Activities

Trench supervisor and osteologist – Living with Monuments Project (PIs: Prof. Josh Pollard and Prof. Mark Gillings)

Research Assistant – After the Plague Project (PI: Prof. John Robb)

Co-Investigator – The Sentinels of Ħal Saflieni, Malta Project (PI: Assoc. Prof. Ronika Power)

Job Titles

PhD Student

General Info

Not available for consultancy


Person keywords: 
The Mediterranean
Mortuary analysis
Archaeological Theory