University of Wollongong

Thomas is an archaeologist with particular interests in settlement archaeology, stone artefacts, human–environment interactions, and human evolution and dispersal in Island Southeast Asia and Australasia.

He is involved intensively in various archaeological projects across the Indonesian archipelago. Thomas has co-directed the ongoing excavation at Liang Bua on the Indonesian island of Flores since 2001 – where the fossil remains of the tiny human species, Homo floresiensis (dubbed the ‘Hobbit’), were discovered in 2003.

An essential item in Thomas’s toolkit:

“It’s important for archaeologists to keep an open mind and to employ techniques from other disciplines, such as chemistry, geology, physics, to help disentangle the archaeological ‘puzzle’.”