Madeleine Bleasdale

Research Associate
Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

Madeleine's research focuses on the application of biomolecular methods to archaeological material to explore the inception, timing and spread of food production in ancient Africa. Her current project investigates the emergence of dairying in Africa using the proteomic analysis of dental calculus and stable isotope analysis of human and faunal fossil remains. By using a multidisciplinary approach her research investigates the role of dairying in shaping the genetic, linguistic, and economic landscape of Africa in recent millennia.

Curriculum Vitae

Madeleine received her BSc in Archaeology from University College London and her MSc in Bioarchaeology from the University of York. Her MSc thesis, "The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy: A dietary reconstruction of a British post-medieval population using stable isotope analysis", explored the diet of a London population associated with a medieval hospital, military infirmary, prison and barracks.

Current ProjectThe Origins of Dairying in Ancient Africa


Bleasdale, M., Ponce, P., Radini, A., Wilson, AS., Doherty, S., Daley, P., Brown, C., Spindler, L., Sibun, L., Speller, C., Alexander, MM. 2019. Multidisciplinary investigations of the diets of two Post-Medieval populations from London using stable isotopes and microdebris analysis. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences

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