Pryce Oliver

Thomas Oliver PRYCE

Researcher CNRS

Director of the French archaeological mission in Myanmar

Research Interests

My work focuses on base metal (Cu, Fe, Pb and Sn) production, exchange and consumption behaviours in Southeast Asia as a means of better understanding long-term shifts in regional economic, political and social complexity, as well as long-range interactions with South and East Asian populations.

Current excavations project : the French archaeological mission in Myanmar

Editorial direction

Review : Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association

Selected Bibliography


Bellina, B., Bacus, E. A., Pryce, T. O., & Wisseman-Christie, J., 2010. 50 Years of Archaeology in Southeast Asia : Essays in Honour of Ian Glover. Bangkok, River Books.


Pryce, T. O. & Natapintu, S. (in press). Extraire du fer à partir de latérite : Est-ce techniquement possible ou une aberration ethnographique ? Siksacakr. (French-Khmer translation of Pryce & Natapintu 2009).

Hendrickson, M., Pryce, T. O. & Sonnemann, T. (in press). Industries of Angkor Project : Preliminary investigation of iron production at Boeng Kroam, Preah Khan of Kompong Svay. Siksacakr.

Pryce, T. O. (in press). Lead isotope characterisation and provenance of copper-base artefacts from Ban Chiang and Don Klang. In : White, J. C. (ed.) Ban Chiang Metals. Philadelphia : The University of Pennsylvania Museum.

Pryce, T. O., Murillo-Barroso, M., Biggs, L., Martinón-Torres, M. & Bellina, B. (in press). The metallurgical industries. In : Bellina, B. (ed.) Khao Sam Saeo : a late prehistoric city of the Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula. Paris : Brepols.

Pryce, T. O. (in press) Looking South" meets "Looking North" : towards a trans-national archaeometallurgy between China and Southeast Asia. In : Li, J. (ed.) Proceedings of the Qin Period Metallurgy and its Social and Archaeological Context conference, in Xi’an, China, 7th 9th April 2011.

Pryce, T. O., Murillo, M., Bellina, B., & Martinón-Torres, M. (in press) Khao Sam Kaeo - an Archaeometallurgical Crossroads for Trans-Asiatic Technological Traditions. In Sharada, S. And Ranganathan, S (Eds.) Proceedings of the 7th Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys conference, Bangalore, India, 13th to 17th September 2009.

Pryce, T. O., Baron, S., Bellina, B., Bellwood, P., Chang, N., Chattopadhyay, P., Dizon, E., Glover, I. C., Hamilton, E., Higham, C. F. W., Kyaw, A. A., Laychour, V., Natapintu, S., Nguyen, V., Pautreau, J.-P., Pernicka, E., Pigott, V. C., Pollard, A. M., Pottier, C., Reinecke, A., Sayavongkhamdy, T., Souksavatdy, V. & White, J., 2014. More questions than answers : the Southeast Asian Lead Isotope Project 2009-2012. Journal of Archaeological Science 42 : 273-294.

Pryce, T. O., 2013. Sedentism, social complexity, and metallurgy in upland Southeast Asian populations. In : Vaddhanaphuti, C., Guillaud, D. & Evrard, O. (eds.) Proceedings of the Chiang Mai conference on sedentism in Southeast Asia Chiang Mai : Chiang Mai University.

Biggs, L., Martinon-Torres, M., Bellina, B. & Pryce, T. O., 2013. Prehistoric iron production technologies in the Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula : metallography and slag inclusion analyses of iron artefacts from Khao Sam Kaeo and Phu Khao Thong. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 5 : 311-329.

Hendrickson, M., Hua, Q. & Pryce, T. O., 2013. Using in-slag charcoals as an indicator of ‘terminal’ iron production within the Angkorian period (10th to 13th c. CE) centre of Preah Khan of Kompong Svay, Cambodia. Radiocarbon, 55 : 31-47.

Coupey, A.-S., Kyaw, A.A., Pryce, T.O., 2013. Evolution of Bronze and Iron Age Cultures of Myanmar : the last excavation in Kan Gyi Gon, Bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific : Newsletter 9, 3-5.

Pryce, T. O., 2012. A flux that binds ? The Southeast Asian Lead Isotope Project. In : Jett, P. & Douglas, J. (eds.) Proceedings of the 5th Forbes Symposium on ancient Asian bronzes. Washington D.C. : Smithsonian : 113-121.

Pryce, T. O., 2012. Iron and Empire : Resolving the role of upland populations in Angkorian state formation. Report of the Oxford School of Archaeology, 2011–2012, 33-34

Pryce, T. O., Bevan, A. H., Ciarla, R., Rispoli, R., Castillo, C., Hasset, B. & Malakie, J. L., 2011. Intensive Archaeological Survey in Southeast Asia : Methodological and Metallurgical Insights from Khao Sai On, Central Thailand. Asian Perspectives 50 : 53-69.

Pryce, T. O., Chiemsisouraj, C., Zeitoun, V. & Forestier, H., 2011. An VIIIth - IXth century AD iron smelting workshop near Saphim village, Northwest Lao PDR. Historical Metallurgy, 42, 81-89.

Pryce, T. O., Brauns, M., Chang, N., Pernicka, E., Pollard, M., Ramsey, C., Rehren, T., Souksavatdy, V. & Sayavongkhamdy, T., 2011. Isotopic and technological variation in prehistoric primary Southeast Asian copper production. Journal of Archaeological Science 38 : 3309-3322.

Pryce, T. O., Pollard, M., Martinòn-Torres, M., Pigott, V. C., & Pernicka, E., 2011. Southeast Asia’s First Isotopically-Defined Prehistoric Copper Production System : When Did Extractive Metallurgy Begin in the Khao Wong Prachan Valley of Central Thailand ? Archaeometry 53, 146-163.

Pryce, T. O., 2011. XIX Technical analysis of Bronze Age Ban Non Wat copper-base artefacts. In : Higham, C. F. W. & Kijngam, A. (eds.) The excavation of Ban Non Wat : The Bronze Age. Bangkok : The Fine Arts Department : 489-498.

Pryce, T. O., 2011. The Southeast Asian Lead-Isotope Project : Investigating metallurgical proxies for late prehistoric regional and inter-regional social interactions. Report of the Oxford School of Archaeology, 2010–2011, 35.

Pryce, T. O, Martinón-Torres, M, Pigott, V C, & Rehren, T, 2010. Prehistoric Copper Production and Technological Reproduction in the Khao Wong Prachan Valley of Central Thailand. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 2 : 237-364.

Pryce, T. O. & Abrams, M. C., 2010. Direct detection of Southeast Asian smelting sites by ASTER remote sensing imagery : Technical issues and future perspectives. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37 : 3091-3098.

Murillo, M., Pryce, T. O., Bellina, B., & Martinón-Torres, M., 2010. Khao Sam Kaeo - an Archaeometallurgical Crossroads for Trans-Asiatic Technological Traditions. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37 : 1761–1772.

Pryce, T. O., 2010. ‘Polluting the environment in Antiquity’ conference, Glasgow, UK, 7th to 8th September 2010. Historical Metallurgy Society Newsletter, 76 : 6.

Pryce T. O., 2010. Calò 2009, ‘The Distribution of Bronze Drums in Early Southeast Asia : Trade Routes and Cultural Spheres, BAR, Oxford’. Antiquity, 84 : 905-906.

Pryce, T. O., 2010. Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys conference, Bangalore, India, 13th to 17th September 2009. Historical Metallurgy Society Newsletter 74 : 8-9.

Pryce, T. O. & Natapintu, S., 2009. Smelting iron from laterite : Technical possibility or ethnographic aberration. Asian Perspectives, 48 : 249-264.

Pryce, T. O., B. Bellina-Pryce, & A. Bennett, 2008. The Development of Metal Technologies in the Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula : Initial Interpretation of the Archaeometallurgical Evidence from Khao Sam Kaeo. Bulletin de l’Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient 2006, 93 : 295-316.

Pryce, T. O. & V. C. Pigott, 2008. Towards a Definition of Technological Styles in Prehistoric Copper Smelting in the Khao Wong Prachan Valley of Central Thailand. In Pautreau, J.-P., Coupey, A., Zeitoun, V., & Rambault, E. (Eds.) Archaeology in Southeast Asia : From Homo Erectus to the Living Traditions. Chiang-Mai, EurASEAA : 139-150.

Catapotis, M., T. O. Pryce, & Y. Bassiakos, 2008. Preliminary Results from an Experimental Study of Perforated Copper-Smelting Shaft Furnaces from Chrysokamino (Eastern Crete). In Tzachili, I. (Ed.) Aegean Metallurgy in the Bronze Age. Athens, Ta Pragmata Publications : 113-121.

Pryce, T. O., Bassiakos, I., Catapotis, M., & Doonan, R., 2007. “DE CAERIMONIAE”. Technological choices in copper smelting furnace design at Early Bronze Age Chrysokamino, Crete. Archaeometry 49(3) : 543-557.

20 février 2015

Maison Archéologie Ethnologie
UMR 7055 Préhistoire et Technologie
21 Allée de l’Université
F - 92023 Nanterre cedex