Dr Jessica Thompson
Dr Jessica Thompson
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Phone:   (+61 7) 336 52765
Fax:  (+61 7) 3365 1544

Room 414, Level 4,
Michie Building (#9), St Lucia Campus


PhD (Anthropology - Archaeology), Arizona State University
M.Phil (Archaeology), University of Cambridge
B.S. - Hons (Anthropology – Archaeology & Physical Anthropology), University of New Mexico
Professional activities:
Project Leader – Malawi Earlier Middle Stone Age Project
Team Member – Dikika Research Project
Team Member – SACP4 Project
Member – Paleoanthropology Society
Member – Society for American Archaeology
Member – Australian Archaeological Association
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland 2011 – Present
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland; 2009 - 2011
Dean’s Dissertation Writing Fellow, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University (SHESC – ASU); 2007 - 2008
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, SHESC – ASU; 2004 - 2006
Fulbright Fellow, SHESC – ASU, Affiliated with Iziko: SA Museums of Cape Town and the African Heritage Research Institute; 2005
Teaching Associate, SHESC – ASU; 2003
Research Associate, SHESC – ASU; 2001 - 2002
Research interests:
  • Middle Stone Age of Africa
  • Old and New World Pleistocene prehistory
  • Origins of Modern Human Behaviour
  • Zooarchaeology, Taphonomy, Palaeoecology, and Palaeoenvironments
  • Landscape Archaeology and GIS
Representative publications:
Thompson, J.C., and Henshilwood, C. (in press).  “Nutritional values of tortoises from the Middle Stone Age levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa: Implications for foraging and social behaviour”. Journal of Human Evolution.
Thompson, J.C. and Henshilwood, C.S. (2014). “Tortoise taphonomy and tortoise butchery patterns at Blombos Cave, South Africa”. Journal of Archaeological Science 41: 214–229.
Faith, J.T., and Thompson, J.C., (2013). “Fossil evidence for seasonal calving and migration of extinct blue antelope (Hippotragus leucophaeus) in southern Africa”. Journal of Biogeography 40(11): 2108–2118.
Thompson, J.C.,Mackay, A., Wright, D., Welling, M., Greaves, A., Gomani-Chindebvu, E., and Simengwa, D. (2012). “Renewed Investigations into the Middle Stone Age of northern Malawi”. Quaternary International 270:129-139.
Thompson, J.C., and Haynes, C.V. (2012). “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.
Westaway, M.C., Thompson, J.C., Wood, W., and Njau, J. (2011). “Crocodile ecology and the taphonomy of early Australasian sites” Environmental Archaeology 16(2): 124-136.
Thompson, J.C. and Henshilwood, C.S. (2011). “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.
Thompson, J.C. (2010). “Taphonomic analysis of the faunal assemblage from Pinnacle Point Cave 13B, Western Cape, South Africa”. Journal of Human Evolution 59: 321-339.
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.
Thompson, J.C., Sugiyama, N., and Morgan, G.S. (2008). “Taphonomic analysis of the mammalian fauna from Sandia Cave, New Mexico, and the ‘Sandia Man’ controversy”. American Antiquity 73(2): 337-360.
Braun, D.R., Pobiner, B.L., and Thompson, J.C. (2008). “An experimental investigation of cut mark production and stone tool attrition”. Journal of Archaeological Science 35: 1216-1223.
Thompson, J.C. and Lee-Gorishti, Y. (2007). “Carnivore bone portion choice in modern experimental boiled bone assemblages”. Journal of Taphonomy 5(3): 121 – 135.
Thompson, J.C. (2005). “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.
Thompson, J. C. and Morgan, G. S. (2001). “Late Pleistocene vertebrate fauna and environments of the Sandia Mountains, New Mexico”. Current Research in the Pleistocene 18:113-115.


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