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Professor Nicholas Thomas

Professor of Historical Anthropology

Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Research projects & themes

Artefacts of Encounter:

Co-Director

Departments and Institutes

Archaeology & Anthropology:

Research Interests

Professor of Historical Anthropology and Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Thomas' research on history and art in the Pacific has ranged from early contacts between Islanders and Europeans through colonial encounters to contemporary art. His books include Entangled Objects: Exchange, Material Culture and colonialism in the Pacific (1991), Oceania: Visions, Artifacts, Histories (1997) and Discoveries: the voyages of Captain Cook (2003). Nicholas Thomas is Co-Director of the Artefacts of Encounter project, and will be looking at collections made during voyages that visited the Marquesas, together with Russian voyage expert Dr Elena Govor.