Professor Richard Thomas’ research in zooarchaeology centres on the analysis of animal bones from archaeological sites and has two main strands: the reconstruction of past human-animal relationships, predominantly in the historic period; and animal palaeopathology – the study of animal health, disease and injury in the past. His research explores the changing relationships between humans and animals and examines the contemporary relevance of these findings.
He co-directs the Bradgate Park Fieldschool – a multi-period archaeological excavation of a country park in Leicestershire, which includes the ruins of the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, nine-day queen of Tudor England.
Professor Thomas is the Dean of Research for the University’s College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities.
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