Dr. Gillian (Jill) Thompson

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Dr. Gillian Thompson

University of Bradford, UK

Jill is a Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology in the Division of Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Bradford. She trained in geography, bioarchaeology, and prehistory, and now specializes in tropical archaeobotany—how ancient peoples used plants for food, fuel, and building. Her field experience includes ethnobotanical and archaeobotanical research in the mangrove swamps and rice paddies of southeast Thailand, and studies of resins in Thailand and Borneo. Jill trained the MMAP team in flotation and wet sieving techniques for two MMAP seasons, and hopes that good plant preservation will reveal information about past uses of plants. MMAP seasons: 2009a, 2010