On the 6 June 2015 Thomson gave a keynote lecture at the weekend conference ‘Stones, Bones and Smartphones’, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The event was hosted by the Broch Research Collective, St Francis Xavier University. The presentation, entitled ‘Gravemarker Research–a Never-ending Journey’, was extremely well attended with over eighty present, many more than at the same event in 2014. On the second day he gave a talk to an invited group ‘Gravemarker lettering: Recording and Analysis’. The event was well covered by the local media. (photo by Richard MacKenzie from The Casket newspaper)
Two new papers have been published–’Contextualisation and typology of disc-headed and trapezoidal gravemarker forms in Scotland.’ and ‘A morphometric study of lettering on some distinctive grave slabs in Orkney, Scotland’. The latter is the first in a series of papers demonstration the use of geometric morphometrics for gravemarker research. The next two deal with studies in Germany, Denmark and Ireland (see my publications list).
A new book with the provisional title ‘Statistics in gravemarker research’ is in progress. Watch this space!