I’ve published quite a bit over the years, but I’m not interested in publishing for the sake of it. I hope that each paper or book chapter offers something of use to the discipline, or helps to address a specific question. A lit of my publications is below:

Selected Books and Chapters

  • Errickson, D. and Thompson (eds.) (2017) Human remains – another dimension: The application of imaging to the study of human remains. Elsevier.
  • Thompson, T.J.U., Jiménez Gaytan, D., Bedoya Sánchez, S. and Ninel Pleitez Quiñónez, A. (2018) Forensic anthropology: Whose rules are we playing by? – Contextualising the role of forensic protocols in human rights investigations. In: Waterlow, J. and Schuhmacher, J. (eds.) War crimes trials and investigations: A multidisciplinary introduction. Palgrave Macmillan: UK. pp59-80.
  • Thompson, T.J.U., Gonçalves, D., Squires, K. and Ulguim, P. (2017) Thermal alteration to the body. In: Schotsmans, E. et al (eds.) Taphonomy of human remains: forensic analysis of the dead and the depositional environment. Wiley-Blackwell. pp318-334.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. and Ulguim, P.F. (2016) Burned human remains. In: Blau, S. and Ubelaker, D. (eds.) Handbook of forensic anthropology and archaeology (2nd Edition). Left Coast Press: USA. pp391-401.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. (2015) Deconstructing the ‘ideal’ of standardisation. In: Crossland, Z. and Joyce, R. (eds.) Disturbing bodies: Perspectives on forensic anthropology. SAR Press. pp63-84.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. (ed.) (2015) The Archaeology of cremation: Burned human remains in funerary studies. Oxbow Books.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. (2015) The analysis of heat-induced crystallinity change in bone. In: Schmidt, C. and Symes, S. (eds.) The analysis of burned human remains (2nd ed). Academic Press.
  • Fowler, G. and Thompson, T.J.U. (2015) A mere technical exercise? Challenges and technological solutions to the identification of individuals in mass grave scenarios in the modern context. In: Anstett, E. et al (eds.) Search and identification of corpses and human remains in post-genocide and mass violence contexts. pp117-141.
  • Gowland, R. and Thompson, T.J.U. (2013) Human identity and identification. Cambridge University Press.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. and Black, S.M. (eds.) (2007) Forensic human identification: an introduction. CRC Press, Inc.: Florida, USA.


Selected Journal Articles


  • Williams, R., Thompson, T.J.U., Orr, C., Birley, A. and Taylor, G. (2019) 3D imaging as a public engagement tool: Investigating an Ox cranium used in target practice at Vindolanda. Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal 2 doi: http://doi.org/10.16995/traj.364.


  • Hansford, J. Wright, P.C., Rasoamiaramanana, A., Pérez, V.R., Godfrey, L.R., Errickson, D., Thompson, T. and Turvey, S.T. (2018) Early Holocene human presence in Madagascar evidenced by exploitation of avian megafauna. Science Advances 4 doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat6925.
  • Shamata, A. and Thompson, T.J.U. (2018) Documentation and analysis of traumatic injuries in clinical forensic medicine involving structured light three-dimensional surface scanning versus photography. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 58: 93-100.
  • Shamata, A. and Thompson, T.J.U. (2018) Using structured light three-dimensional surface scanning on living individuals: Key considerations and best practice for forensic medicine. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 55: 58-64.
  • Thompson, T.J.U and Norris, P. (2018) A new method for the recovery and evidential comparison of footwear impressions using 3D structured light scanning. Science & Justice 58: 237-243.


  • Thomas, B., McIntosh, D., Fildes, T., Smith, L., Hargrave, F., Islam, M., Thompson, T.J.U., Layfield, R., Scott, D., Shaw, B., Burrell, C.L. and Taylor, S. (2017) Second-harmonic generation imaging of collagen in ancient bone. Bone Reports 7: 137-144.
  • Ellingham, S.T.D., Thompson, T.J.U. and Islam, M. (2017) Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDX): A rapid diagnostic tool to aid the identification of burnt bone and contested cremains. Journal of Forensic Sciences doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.13541.
  • Errickson, D., Grueso, I., Griffith, S.J., Setchell, J.M., Thompson, T.J.U., Thompson, C.E.L. and Gowland, R.L. (2017) Towards a best practice for the use of active non-contact surface scanning to record human skeletal remains from archaeological contexts. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology doi: 10.1002/oa.2587.


  • Griffith, S.J., Thompson, C.E.L., Thompson, T.J.U., and Gowland, R.L. (2016) Experimental abrasion of water submerged bone: The influence of bombardment by different sediment classes on microabrasion rate. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 10: 15-29.
  • Ralebitso-Senior, T.K., Thompson, T.J.U. and Carney, H.E. (2016) Microbial ecogenomics and forensic archaeology: New methods for investigating clandestine gravesites. Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal 2: 41-57.
  • Piga, G., Guirguis, M., Thompson, T.J.U., Isidro, A., Enzo, S., and Malgosa, A. (2016) A case of semi-combusted pregnant female in the Phoenician-Punic necropolis of Monte Sirai (Carbonia, Sardinia, Italy). Homo – Journal of Comparative Human Biology 67: 50-64.
  • Piga, G., Gonçalves, D., Thompson, T.J.U., Brunetti, A., Malgosa, A. and Enzo, S. 2016. Understanding the crystallinity indices behaviour of burned bones and teeth by ATR-IR and XRD in the presence of bioapatite mixed with other phosphate and carbonate phases. International Journal of Spectroscopy http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/4810149.
  • Ellingham, S.T.D., Thompson, T.J.U., and Islam, M. (2016) The effect of soft tissue on temperature estimation from burnt bone using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. Journal of Forensic Sciences 61: 153 – 159.


  • Chimutsa, M., Olakanye, A.O., Thompson, T.J.U. and Ralebisto-Senior, K. (2015) Soil fungal community shift evaluation as a potential cadaver decomposition indicator. Forensic Science International 257: 155-159.
  • Ellingham, S.T.D., Thompson, T.J.U and Islam, M. (2015) Thermogravimetric analysis of property changes and weight loss in incinerated bone. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 438: 239-244.
  • Garrido-Varas, C.E., Rathnasinghe, R., Thompson, T.J.U. and Savriama, Y. (2015) A new method to pair-match metacarpals using bilateral asymmetry and shape analysis. Journal of Forensic Sciences 60: 118-123.
  • Ellingham, S.T.D, Thompson, T.J.U., Islam, M. and Taylor, G. (2015) Estimating temperature exposure on burnt bone – a methodological review. Science & Justice 55: 181-188.
  • Piga, G., Malgosa, A., Thompson, T.J.U., Guirguis, M. and Enzo, S. (2015) A unique case of prone position in the primary cremation Tomb 252 of Monte Sirai necropolis (Carbonia, Sardinia, Italy). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 25: 146-159.


  • Olakanye, A., Thompson, T.J.U., Ralebitso-Senior, K. (2014) Changes to soil bacterial profiles as a result of Sus scrofa domesticus decomposition. Forensic Science International 245: 101-106.
  • Bergmann, R., Ralebitso-Senior, K. and Thompson, T.J.U. (2014) An RNA-based analysis of changes in biodiversity indices in response to Sus scrofa domesticus decomposition. Forensic Science International 241:190-194.
  • Errickson, D., Thompson, T.J.U. and Rankin, B. (2014) The application of 3D visualization of osteological trauma for the courtroom: a critical review. Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging 2: 132-137.
  • Garrido-Varas, C.E., Thompson, T.J.U. and Campbell, A. (2014) Parámetros métricos para la determinación de sexo en restos esqueletales Chilenos modernos [Metric parameters for sex dertermination of modern Chilean skeletal remains]. Chungara – Revista de Antropología Chilena [Journal of Chilean Anthropology] 46: 285-293.
  • DeBattista, R., Tidy, H. and Thompson, T.J.U. (2014) An investigation into the persistence of textile fibres on buried carcasses. Science & Justice 54: 288-291.


  • DeBattista, R., Thompson, T.J.U., Thompson, C.E.L. and Gowland, R.L. (2013) A comparison of surface features on submerged and non-submerged bone using scanning electron microscopy. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
  • Gonçalves, D., Cunha, E. and Thompson, T.J.U. (2013) Weight references for burned human skeletal remains from Portuguese samples. Journal of Forensic Sciences 58: 1134-1140.
  • Gonçalves, D., Cunha, E. and Thompson, T.J.U. (2013) Osteometric sex determination of burned human skeletal remains. Journal of Legal and Forensic Medicine 20: 906-911.
  • Piga, G., Solinas, G., Thompson, T.J.U., Brunetti, A., Malgosa, A. and Enzo, S. (2013) Is X-Ray Diffraction able to distinguish between animal and human bones? Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 778-785.
  • Thompson, T.J.U., Islam, M. and Bonniere, M. (2013) A new statistical approach for determining the crystallinity of heat-altered bone mineral from FTIR spectra. Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 416-422.
  • Starkie, A., White, L. and Thompson, T.J.U. (2013) An investigation into the effects
    of decomposition on the post-mortem location of trans-dermal artefacts. Forensic Science International 224: 68-72.


  • Rankin B.W.J., Taylor G. and Thompson T.J.U. (2012) Should Higher Education respond to recent changes in the forensic science marketplace? New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences 8: 27-32.


  • Starkie, A., Birch, W., Ferllini, R. and Thompson, T.J.U. (2011) An investigation into the merits of infrared imaging in the investigation of tattoos post mortem. Journal of Forensic Sciences 56: 1569-1573.
  • Gonçalves, D., Thompson, T.J.U. and Cunha, E. (2011) Implications of heat-induced changes in bone on the interpretation of funerary behaviour and practice. Journal of Archaeological Science 38: 1308-1313.
  • Squires, K.E., Thompson, T.J.U., Islam, M., Chamberlain, A. (2011) The application of
    histomorphometry and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy to the analysis of early Anglo-Saxon
    burned bone. Journal of Archaeological Science 38: 2399-2409.
  • Thompson, C.E.L., Ball, S., Thompson, T.J.U. and Gowland, R.L. (2011) The abrasion of modern and archaeological bones by mobile sediments: the importance of transport modes. Journal of Archaeological Science 38: 784-793.
  • Thompson, T.J.U., Islam, M., Piduru, K. and Marcel, A. (2011) An investigation into the internal and external variables acting on crystallinity index using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy on unaltered and burned bone. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 299: 168-174.
  • Garrido-Varas, C.E. and Thompson, T.J.U. (2011) Metric dimensions of the proximal phalanges of the human hand and their relationship to side, position, and asymmetry. Homo – Journal of Comparative Human Biology 62: 126-143.

2010 and earlier

  • Piga, G., Thompson, T.J.U., Malgosa, A., and Enzo, S. (2009) The potential of X-ray Diffraction (XRD) in the analysis of burned remains from forensic contexts. Journal of Forensic Sciences 54(3): 534-539.
  • Thompson, T.J.U., Gauthier, M. and Islam, M. (2009) The application of a new method of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy to the analysis of burned bone. Journal of Archaeological Science 36(3): 910-914.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. and Inglis, J. (2009) Differentiation of serrated and non-serrated blades from stab marks in bone. International Journal of Legal Medicine 123(2): 129-135.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. (2008) The role of the photograph in the application of forensic anthropology and the interpretation of clandestine scenes of crime. Photography & Culture 1(2): 163-182.
  • Piga, G., Malgosa, A., Thompson, T.J.U. and Enzo, S. (2008) A new calibration of the XRD technique for the study of archaeological burned human remains. Journal of Archaeological Sciences 35(8): 2171-2178.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. and Chudek, J.A. (2007) A novel approach to the visualisation of heat-induced structural change in bone. Science & Justice 47(2): 99-104.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. (2005) Heat-induced dimensional changes in bone and their consequences for forensic anthropology. Journal of Forensic Sciences 50(5): 1008-1015.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. (2004). Recent advances in the study of burned bone and their implications for forensic anthropology. Forensic Science International 146S: S203–S205.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. (2003) The quality and appropriateness of forensic anthropological education in the UK. Public Archaeology 3(2): 88-94.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. and Evison, M.P. (eds.) (2003) Forensic anthropology in the United Kingdom – Current trends, problems and concerns. Science and Justice 43(4).
  • Thompson, T.J.U. (2003) Supply and demand: Shifting expectations in forensic anthropology. Science and Justice 43(4): 183-186.
  • Hiller, J., Thompson, T.J.U., Evison, M.P., Chamberlain, A.T. and Wess, T.J. (2003) Bone mineral change during experimental heating: An X-ray scattering investigation. Biomaterials 24(28): 5091-5097.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. (2002) The assessment of sex in cremated individuals: Some cautionary notes. Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal 35(2): 49-56.
  • Thompson, T.J.U. (2001) Legal and ethical considerations of forensic anthropological research. Science and Justice 41(4): 261-270.