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Maddy Bleasdale
Postdoctoral Research Associate



Maddy received a BSc in Archaeology from University College London in 2014 and completed an MSc in Bioarchaeology from the University of York in 2016. Following her master’s degree, she studied for her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. Her PhD research applied proteomic and stable isotope methods to investigate the emergence of dairying and agriculture in mid-Holocene Africa.

Maddy joined the Department of Archaeology in 2020 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the ERC-funded COMMIOS project led by Professor Ian Armit. The multidisciplinary project, combining funerary archaeology, osteology, aDNA, and stable isotopes, explores population migrations and interactions across Britain and continental Europe during the Iron Age.



Maddy is a bioarchaeologist specialising in the isotopic and proteomic analysis of archaeological remains. Her research focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to explore ancient population dynamics and interactions through the reconstruction of past diets, mobility and palaeoenvironments. Her PhD research investigated the emergence of dairying in eastern Africa through the identification of milk proteins in ancient dental calculus and stable isotope analysis of human and animal remains.

In her new role with the COMMIOS project, Maddy’s research will apply a multi-isotope approach to investigate social dynamics, diversity and mobility across Iron Age Britain and continental Europe.

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Dr Maddy Bleasdale
Department of Archaeology,
University of York
Kings Manor,
Exhibition Square,