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Professor Tim Thompson

Tim Thompson is Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology and Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) in the School of Science, Engineering & Design at Teesside University. Before coming to Teesside, Tim studied for his PhD at the University of Sheffield (Faculty of Medicine) and was a Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee. In 2014, Tim was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy for excellence in teaching and support for learning in higher education.


Tim has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books and is a renowned expert on the effect of burning on bone and the implications for interpreting archaeological and forensic contexts - a topic explored in his recent book 'The Archaeology of Cremation: Burned Human Remains in Funerary Studies'. Tim is also co-editor for the book 'Human Remains Another Dimension: The Application of 3D Imaging in the Funerary Context', was co-author of 'Human Identity and Identification' with Dr Rebecca Gowland (Durham University) and senior editor for the book 'Forensic Human Identification: An Introduction'. 


Externally, Tim is on the editorial boards of the 'Journal of Forensic Sciences', 'Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine' and 'Human Remains and Violence: an Interdisciplinary Journal'. He has recently been appointed as Associate Editor of the 'Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine' following three years as Editor-in-Chief of 'Science & Justice'. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and the Royal Anthropological Institute, and as a practicing forensic anthropologist has worked at home and abroad in a variety of forensic contexts.