Research Products

Refereed Publications      

Journal Articles

(2017, in press) Otárola-Castillo, E., Hawkins, H.C., Torquato, M., James, E., Harris, J., Marean, C.W., McPherron, S.P., and Thompson, J.C. “Differentiating between cutting actions on bone using 3D geometric morphometrics and Bayesian analyses with implications to human evolution”.  Journal of Archaeological Science.

(2017, in press) O’Driscoll, C. and Thompson, J.C. “Projectile impact mark evidence for projectile technology in the African Middle Stone Age”. Evolutionary Anthropology.

(2017, accepted) Thompson, J.C., Carvalho, S., Marean, C.W., and Alemseged, Z. “The origins of the human predatory pattern: The transition to large animal exploitation by early hominins”. Accepted 4 October 2017 to Current Anthropology.

(2017, in press) Thompson, J.C., Mackay, A., Nightingale, S., Wright, D., Choi, J-H., Blackmore, H., Welling, M., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. “Ecological risk, demography, and technological complexity in the Late Pleistocene of northern Malawi: Implications for geographical patterning in the Middle Stone Age”.  Journal of Quaternary Science.

(2017) Skoglund, P., Thompson, J., Prendergast, M.E., Mittnick, A., Sirak, K., Hajdinjak, M., Salie, Rohland, N., Mallick, S., Peltzer, A., Heinze, A., Olalde, I., Ferry, M., Harney, E., Michel, M., Stewardson, K., Cerezo-Román, J., Chiumia, C., Crowther, A., Gomani-Chindebvu, E., Gidna, A.O., Grillo, K.M., Helenius, T., Hellenthal, G., Helm, R., Horton, M., López, S., Mabulla, A.Z.P., Parkington, J., Shipton, C., Thomas, M.G., Tibesasa, R., Welling, M., Hayes, V., Kennett, D., Ramesar, R., Meyer, M., Pääbo, S., Patterson, N., Morris, A.G., Boivin, N., Pinhasi, R., Krause, J., and Reich, D. “Reconstructing Prehistoric African Population Structure”. Cell 171(1): 59-71.

(2017) Thompson, J.C., Faith, J.T., Cleghorn, N., and Hodgkins, J. “Identifying the accumulator: Making the most of bone surface modification data”. Journal of Archaeological Science 85: 105-113.

(2017) Harris, J.A., Marean, C.W., Ogle, K., and Thompson, J.C. “The evolution of bone surface modification studies in paleoanthropology and a new Bayesian solution to the identification controversy”. Journal of Human Evolution 110:69-81.

(2017) Wright, D.K., Thompson, J.C., Schilt, F., Cohen, A., Choi, J-H., Mercader, J., Nightingale, S., Miller, C., Mentzer, S., Walde, D., Welling, M., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. “Approaches to Middle Stone Age landscape archaeology in tropical Africa”. Special issue Geoarchaeology of the Tropics of Journal of Archaeological Science 77: 64-77.

(2015) Thompson, J.C., McPherron, S.P., Bobe, R., Reed, D., Barr, W.A., Wynn, J., Marean, C.W., Geraads, D., and Alemseged, Z. “Taphonomy of fossils from the hominin-bearing deposits at Dikika, Ethiopia”. Journal of Human Evolution 86:112-135.

(2015) James, E. and Thompson, J.C. “On bad terms: Obstacles arising from inconsistent terminology and lack of standardisation in bone surface modification studies”. Environmental Archaeology 20(1): 89-103.

(2015) Zipkin, A., Hanchar, J., Brooks, A., Grabowski, M.W., Thompson, J.C., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. “Ochre fingerprints: Distinguishing among Malawian mineral pigment sources with homogenized ochre chip LA-ICPMS”. Archaeometry 57(2): 297-317.

(2014) Thompson, J.C., Mackay, A., De Moor, V., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. “Catchment survey in the Karonga District: A landscape-scale analysis of core reduction strategies during the Middle Stone Age of northern Malawi”. African Archaeological Review 31(3): 447-478.

(2014) O’Driscoll, C. and Thompson, J.C. “Experimental projectile impact marks on bone: Implications for identifying the origins of projectile technology”. Journal of Archaeological Science 49: 398-413.

(2014) Wright, D.K., Thompson, J.C., Mackay, A., Welling, M., Forman, S., Price, G., Zhao, J-x., Cohen, A., Malijani, O., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. “Renewed geoarchaeological investigations of Mwanganda’s Village (Elephant Butchery Site), Karonga, Malawi”. Geoarchaeology 29(2):98-120.

(2014) Thompson, J.C. and Henshilwood, C.S. “Tortoise taphonomy and tortoise butchery patterns at Blombos Cave, South Africa”. Journal of Archaeological Science 41: 214–229.

(2014) Thompson, J.C., and Henshilwood, C. “Nutritional values of tortoises relative to ungulates from the Middle Stone Age levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa: Implications for foraging and social behaviour”. Journal of Human Evolution 67: 33-47.

(2013) Thompson, J.C., Welling, M., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. “Using GIS to integrate old and new archaeological data from Stone Age deposits in Karonga, Malawi”. International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era 2(4): 611-630.

(2013) Faith, J.T., and Thompson, J.C. “Fossil evidence for seasonal calving and migration of extinct blue antelope (Hippotragus leucophaeus) in southern Africa”. Journal of Biogeography 40(11):–2118. 10.1111/jbi.12154

(2012) Thompson, J.C., Mackay, A., Wright, D., Welling, M., Greaves, A., Gomani-Chindebvu, E., and Simengwa, D. “Renewed Investigations into the Middle Stone Age of northern Malawi”. Quaternary International 270:129-139.

(2012) Thompson, J.C., and Haynes, C.V. “Resolving the 70-year controversy of the timing of human occupation at Sandia Cave, New Mexico: 14C dates on human-modified fossil fauna”. American Antiquity 77(2):303-314.

(2011) Westaway, M.C., Thompson, J.C., Wood, W., and Njau, J. “Crocodile ecology and the taphonomy of early Australasian sites” Environmental Archaeology 16(2): 124-136.

(2011) Thompson, J.C. and Henshilwood, C.S. “Taphonomic analysis of the Middle Stone Age larger mammal faunal assemblage from Blombos Cave, southern Cape, South Africa”. Journal of Human Evolution 60: 746-767.

(2010) Thompson, J.C. “Taphonomic analysis of the faunal assemblage from Pinnacle Point Cave 13B, Western Cape, South Africa”. Journal of Human Evolution 59: 321-339.

(2008) Thompson, J.C., Sugiyama, N., and Morgan, G.S. “Taphonomic analysis of the mammalian fauna from Sandia Cave, New Mexico, and the ‘Sandia Man’ controversy”. American Antiquity 73(2): 337-360.

(2008) Braun, D.R., Pobiner, B.L., and Thompson, J.C. “An experimental investigation of cut mark production and stone tool attrition”. Journal of Archaeological Science 35: 1216-1223.

(2007) Thompson, J.C. and Lee-Gorishti, Y. “Carnivore bone portion choice in modern experimental boiled bone assemblages”. Journal of Taphonomy 5(3): 121 – 135.

(2005) Thompson, J.C. “The impact of post-depositional processes on bone surface modification frequencies: a corrective strategy and its application to the Loiyangalani site, Serengeti Plain, Tanzania”. Journal of Taphonomy 3(2): 57-80.

(2001) Thompson, J. C. and Morgan, G. S. “Late Pleistocene vertebrate fauna and environments of the Sandia Mountains, New Mexico”. Current Research in the Pleistocene 18:113-115.

Book Chapters

(2018) Faith, J.T., and Thompson, J.C. Low-survival skeletal elements track attrition, not carcass transport behavior in African Quaternary faunal assemblages. In: Giovas, C.M. (Ed.) Zooarchaeology in Practice: Case Studies in Methodology and Interpretation in Archaeofaunal Analysis. Springer: Cham. Pp. 109-126.

(2016) Sobotkova, A., Ross, S.A., Ballsun-Stanton, B., Fairbairn, A., Thompson, J.C., and VanValkenburgh, P. “Measure twice, cut once: Cooperative deployment of a generalised, archaeology-specific field data collection system”. In E. W. Averett, J. M. Gordon, & D. B. Counts (Eds.), Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology, Grand Forks, ND: The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota pp. 337-371.

(2010) Thompson, J.C. (2010). “Variability in Middle Stone Age faunal exploitation and use of the physical and social landscapes in the southwestern Cape, South Africa”. In (Delagnes, A. and Conard, N., Eds.) Settlement Dynamics of the Middle Paleolithic and Middle Stone Age III. Tübingen: Kerns Verlag pp. 11-38.

Other Publications                                                                                                                

(2017, in press) Thompson, J.C. “Taphonomy in Human Evolution: Substantive Entry”. In (Smith, C. Ed. in Chief). Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology 2nd Edition. SpringerReference.

(2017) Thompson, J.C. “New Opportunities Rising”. eLife: e26775.

(2014) Thompson, J.C. “Taphonomy in Human Evolution: Minor Entry”. In (Smith, C. Ed. in Chief). Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. SpringerReference pp. 7225-7232.

(2009) Thompson, J.C. and Marean, C. W. “Using image analysis to quantify relative degrees of density-mediated attrition in Middle Stone Age archaeofaunas”. Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin 32(2):18-23.

(2009) Thompson, J.C. “Review of Quantitative Paleozoology by R. Lee Lyman”. PaleoAnthropology May 2009:142-144.

(2009) Thompson, J.C. “Zooarchaeological tests for modern human behaviour at Blombos Cave and Pinnacle Point Cave 13B, southwestern Cape, South Africa”. Azania 44(3): 358.

(2004) Clark, G.A. and Thompson, J.C. “Palaeoanthropology for Middlebrows: Book Review of The Neanderthal’s Necklace by J.L. Arsuaga”. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 14(1): 141-144.

(2003) Marean, C.W. and Thompson, J.C. “Research on the origins of modern humans continues to dominate Paleoanthropology”. Evolutionary Anthropology 12(4): 165-167.