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Nicholas Thompson is currently enrolled as a PhD student at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Department of Paleoanthropology. As a member of the CROSSROADS project, he participates in field surveys, excavations, and assists in lithic and raw material studies. His dissertation focuses on the identification of lithic raw material bearing geological deposits of the Peloponnese, Greece and the exploitation of these materials during the Palaeolithic. His broader research interests include Palaeolithic archaeology of Greece and Eurasia, archaeological field methods, experimental archaeology, and lithic raw material studies.

2017 - presentERC project CROSSROADS (Human Evolution at the Crossroads), Palaeoanthropology, Department of Geosciences, University of Tübingen
2012 - 2016ERC Project PaGE (Paleoanthropology at the Gates of Europe: Human evolution in the Southern Balkans)
2003MA Anthropology, University of Cincinnati
1994BA Anthropology, University of West Virginia
Harvati, K., Röding, C., Bosman, A. M., Karakostis, F. A., Grün, R., Stringer, C., Karkanas, P., Thompson, N. C., Koutoulidis, V., Mooulopoulos, L. A., Gorgoulis, V. G., Kouloukoussa, M., 2019. Apidima Cave fossils provide earliest evidence of Homo sapiens in Eurasia. Nature, 571(7766), 500-504. Doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1376-z
Thompson, N., Tourloukis, V., Panagopoulou, E., Harvati, K., 2018. In search of Pleistocene remains at the Gates of Europe: directed surface survey of the Megalopolis Basin (Greece). Quaternary International 497, 22-32.
Tourloukis, V., Thompson, N., Panagopoulou, E., Giusti, D., Konidaris, G., Harvati, K. 2018. Lithic artifacts and bone tools from the Lower Palaeolithic site Marathousa 1, Megalopolis, Greece: preliminary results. Quaternary International 497, 47-64.
Panagopoulou, E., Tourloukis, V., Thompson, N., Konidaris, G., Athanassiou, A., Giusti, D., Tsartsidou, G., Karkanas, P., Harvati, K. 2018. The Lower Palaeolithic site of Marathousa 1, Megalopolis, Greece: overview of the evidence. Quaternary International 497, 33-46.
Karkanas, P., Tourloukis, V., Thompson, N., Giusti, D., Panagopoulou, E., Harvati, K., 2018. Sedimentology and micromorphology of the Lower Palaeolithic lakeshore site Marathousa 1, Megalopolis, Greece. Quaternary International 497, 123-136.
Giusti, D., Tourloukis, V., Konidaris, G.E., Thompson, N., Karkanas, P., Panagopoulou, E., Harvati, K., 2018. Beyond maps: patterns of formation processes at the Middle Pleistocene open-air site of Marathousa 1, Megalopolis, Greece. Quaternary International 497, 137-153.
Konidaris, G.E., Athanassiou, A., Tourloukis, V., Thompson, N., Giusti, D., Panagopoulou, E., Harvati, K. 2018. The skeleton of a straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) and other large mammals from the Middle Pleistocene butchering locality Marathousa 1(Megalopolis Basin, Greece): preliminary results. Quaternary International 497, 65-84.
Athanassiou, A., Michailidis, D., Vlachos, E., Tourloukis, V., Thompson, N., Harvati, K., 2018. Pleistocene vertabrates from the Kyparissia lignite mine, Megalopolis Basin, S. Greece: Testudines, Aves, Suiformes. Quaternary International 497, 178-197.
Field, M.H., Ntinou, M., Tsartsidou, G., van Berge Henegouwen, D., Risberg, J., Tourloukis, V., Thompson, N., Karkanas, P., Panagopoulou, E., Harvati, K., 2018. A palaeoenvironmental reconstruction (based on palaeobotanical data and diatoms) of the Middle Pleistocene elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) butchery site at Marathousa, Megalopolis, Greece. Quaternary International 497, 108-122.
2016New Middle Paleolithic sites from the Mani Peninsula, southern Greece. Tourloukis, V., Thompson, N., Garefalakis, C., Karkanas, P., Konidaris, G., Panagopoulou, E., Harvati, K., Journal of Field Archaeology 40(1) 68-83.
2015Two new vertebrate localities from the early Pleistocene of Mygdonia Basin (Macedonia, Greece): preliminary results. Konidaris, G., Tourloukis, V., Kostopoulos, D., Thompson, N., Giusti, D., Michailidis, D., Koufos, G., Harvati, K., Comptes Rendus Palevol 14: 353-362.
Marathousa 1 : a new Middle Pleistocene archaeological site from Greece. Panagopoulou, E., Tourloukis, V., Thompson, N., Athanassiou, A., Tsartsidou, G., Konidaris, G.E., Giusti, D., Karkanas, P., Harvati, K., Antiquity Project Gallery 89, http://antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/panagopoulou343
The excavation at Mesolithic Damnoni in the Ayios Vassilios Region: a new chronological/cultural period on Crete Strasser, T., Panagopoulou E., Karkanas P., DiGregorio, C., Clinton M., Thompson N., Kapranos E., Murray S., in Archaeological Work in Crete Proceedings of the 3rd Meeting, Rethymnon, December 5-8, 2013. Rethymnon 271-280.
2011Dating Middle-Late Pleistocene Palaeolithic Sites in Southwestern Crete, Greece. Strasser, T., Runnels, C., Wegmann, K., Panagopoulou, E., McCoy, F., DiGregorio, C., Karkanas, P., and Thompson, N., Journal of Quaternary Science 26(5): 553-560.
The Preliminary Analysis of Chipped Stone Artifacts from the EH II-III Settlement of Helike in Rizomylos, Achaea. Thompson, N., In Helike IV, Ancient Helike and Aigialeia, The Early Helladic Peloponnesos. Athens 143-155.
2010Stone Age Seafaring in the Mediterranean: Evidence for Lower Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Inhabitation of Crete from the Plakias Region. Strasser, T., Mc Coy, F., Karkanas, P., Murray, P., Panagopoulou, E., Runnels, C., Thompson, N., Wegmann, K., Hesperia 79: 145-190.

Contact Information

  • Position Title: PhD Student
  • Location: Rümelinstr. 23, Room 509
  • E-mail address: nicholas-charles.thompson [at] uni-tuebingen.de