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Dr Sam Preslee
ZooMS Technician



Samantha is the ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry) research technician at BioArCh. She has a BSc in Archaeological and Forensic Science from Bournemouth University, an MSc in Bioarchaeology from the University of York and has completed her PhD at the University of York investigating the survival of proteins in palaeontological material. Prior to taking up this role in January 2020, she worked as a research technician in the North East amino acid racemisation laboratory.


Full publications list

Dierickx, K., Presslee, S., and Harvey, V.L. (2023) ‘Rapid Collagen Peptide Mass Fingerprinting as a Tool to Authenticate Pleuronectiformes in the Food Industry’. Food Control 109680

Jonuks, T., Chen, S., Kriiska, A., Oras, E., Presslee, S., and Uueni, A. (2023) ‘Stone Age Imitation of a Slotted Bone Point from Pärnu River (south-Western Estonia)’. Estonian Journal of Archaeology 27 (1), 54

Lentfer, C., Skandfer, M., Presslee, S., Hagan, R., Robson, H.K., and Damm, C. (2023) ‘Cut above the Rest: A Multi‚Äźdisciplinary Study of Two Slate Knives from Forager Contexts in Coastal Norway’. Oxford Journal of Archaeology [online]

Muñoz-Rodriguez, M., Presslee, S., McGrath, K., Hausmann, N., Hilberg, V., Kalmring, S., Holmquist, L., Hendy, J., and Ashby, S.P. (2023) ‘In the Footsteps of Ohthere: Biomolecular Analysis of Early Viking Age Hair Combs from Hedeby (Haithabu)’. Antiquity 1–16

Pastorelli, G., Scharff, M., Presslee, S., Penkman, K., and Richter, J. (2023) ‘Multi-Analytical Characterisation of Red Colouration on Decorated Ostrich Eggshells from the Middle Bronze Age in Bahrain’. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 52, 104217

Rey-Iglesia, A., de Jager, D., Presslee, S., Qvistgaard, S.S., Sindbæk, S.M., and Lorenzen, E.D. (2023) ‘Antlers Far and Wide: Biomolecular Identification of Scandinavian Hair Combs from Ribe, Denmark, 720–900 CE’. Journal of Archaeological Science 153, 105773

Sierra, A., Balasse, M., Radovińá, S., Orton, D., Fiorillo, D., and Presslee, S. (2023) ‘Early Dalmatian Farmers Specialized in Sheep Husbandry’. Scientific Reports 13 (1), 10355

Winter, R.M., de Kock, W., Mackie, M., Ramsøe, M., Desiderà, E., Collins, M., Guidetti, P., Presslee, S., Alegre, M.M., Oueslati, T., Muniz, A.M., Michailidis, D., van den Hurk, Y., Taurozzi, A.J., and Çakirlar, C. (2023) ‘Grouping Groupers in the Mediterranean: Ecological Baselines Revealed by Ancient Proteins’. Ecology and Evolution 13 (10), e10625

Dierickx, K., Presslee, S., Hagan, R., Oueslati, T., Harland, J., Hendy, J., Orton, D., Alexander, M., and Harvey, V.L. (2022) ‘Peptide Mass Fingerprinting of Preserved Collagen in Archaeological Fish Bones for the Identification of Flatfish in European Waters’. Royal Society Open Science 9 (7), 220149

Hennius, A., Ljungkvist, J., Ashby, S.P., Hagan, R., Presslee, S., Christensen, T., Gustavsson, R., Peets, J., and Maldre, L. (2022) ‘Late Iron Age Whaling in Scandinavia’. Journal of Maritime Archaeology [online]

Perri, A.R., Mitchell, K.J., Mouton, A., Álvarez-Carretero, S., Hulme-Beaman, A., Haile, J., Jamieson, A., Meachen, J., Lin, A.T., Schubert, B.W., Ameen, C., Antipina, E.E., Bover, P., Brace, S., Carmagnini, A., Carøe, C., Samaniego Castruita, J.A., Chatters, J.C., Dobney, K., Dos Reis, M., Evin, A., Gaubert, P., Gopalakrishnan, S., Gower, G., Heiniger, H., Helgen, K.M., Kapp, J., Kosintsev, P.A., Linderholm, A., Ozga, A.T., Presslee, S., Salis, A.T., Saremi, N.F., Shew, C., Skerry, K., Taranenko, D.E., Thompson, M., Sablin, M.V., Kuzmin, Y.V., Collins, M.J., Sinding, M.-H.S., Gilbert, M.T.P., Stone, A.C., Shapiro, B., Van Valkenburgh, B., Wayne, R.K., Larson, G., Cooper, A., and Frantz, L.A.F. (2021) ‘Dire Wolves Were the Last of an Ancient New World Canid Lineage’. Nature [online]

Bondetti, M., González Carretero, L., Dolbunova, E., McGrath, K., Presslee, S., Lucquin, A., Tsybriy, V., Mazurkevich, A., Tsybriy, A., Jordan, P., Heron, C., Meadows, J., and Craig, O.E. (2021) ‘Neolithic Farmers or Neolithic Foragers? Organic Residue Analysis of Early Pottery from Rakushechny Yar on the Lower Don (Russia)’. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 13 (8), 141

Presslee, S., Penkman, K., Fischer, R., Richards-Slidel, E., Southon, J., Hospitaleche, C.A., Collins, M., and MacPhee, R. (2020) ‘Assessment of Different Screening Methods for Selecting Palaeontological Bone Samples for Peptide Sequencing’. Journal of Proteomics 230, 103986

Demarchi, B., Presslee, S., Sakalauskaite, J., Fischer, R., and Best, J. (2020) ‘The Role of Birds at Çatalhöyük Revealed by the Analysis of Eggshell’. Quaternary International: The Journal of the International Union for Quaternary Research [online]

Presslee, S., Slater, G.J., Pujos, F., Forasiepi, A.M., Fischer, R., Molloy, K., Mackie, M., Olsen, J.V., Kramarz, A., Taglioretti, M., Scaglia, F., Lezcano, M., Lanata, J.L., Southon, J., Feranec, R., Bloch, J., Hajduk, A., Martin, F.M., Gismondi, R.S., Reguero, M., de Muizon, C., Greenwood, A., Chait, B.T., Penkman, K., Collins, M., and MacPhee, R.D.E. (2019) ‘Palaeoproteomics Resolves Sloth Relationships’. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1

McCoy, V.E., Gabbott, S.E., Penkman, K., Collins, M.J., Presslee, S., Holt, J., Grossman, H., Wang, B., Solórzano Kraemer, M.M., Delclòs, X., and Peñalver, E. (2019) ‘Ancient Amino Acids from Fossil Feathers in Amber’. Scientific Reports 9 (1), 6420

Demarchi, B., Presslee, S., Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I., González-Morales, M., Marín-Arroyo, A.B., Straus, L.G., and Fischer, R. (2019) ‘Birds of Prey and Humans in Prehistoric Europe: A View from El Mirón Cave, Cantabria (Spain)’. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 24, 244–252

Presslee, S., Wilson, J., Woolley, J., Best, J., Russell, D., Radini, A., Fischer, R., Kessler, B., Boano, R., Collins, M., and Demarchi, B. (2018) ‘The Identification of Archaeological Eggshell Using Peptide Markers’. STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research 4 (1), 13–23

Kontopoulos, I., Presslee, S., Penkman, K., and Collins, M.J. (2018) ‘Preparation of Bone Powder for FTIR-ATR Analysis: The Particle Size Effect’. Vibrational Spectroscopy 99, 167–177

Jonuks, T., Oras, E., Best, J., Demarchi, B., Mänd, R., Presslee, S., and Vahur, S. (2017) ‘Multi-Method Analysis of Avian Eggs as Grave Goods: Revealing Symbolism in Conversion Period Burials at Kukruse, NE Estonia’. Environmental Archaeology 23 (2), 109–122

Demarchi, B., Hall, S., Roncal-Herrero, T., Freeman, C.L., Woolley, J., Crisp, M.K., Wilson, J., Fotakis, A., Fischer, R., Kessler, B.M., Rakownikow Jersie-Christensen, R., Olsen, J.V., Haile, J., Thomas, J., Marean, C.W., Parkington, J., Presslee, S., Lee-Thorp, J., Ditchfield, P., Hamilton, J.F., Ward, M.W., Wang, C.M., Shaw, M.D., Harrison, T., Domínguez-Rodrigo, M., MacPhee, R.D.E., Kwekason, A., Ecker, M., Kolska Horwitz, L., Chazan, M., Kröger, R., Thomas-Oates, J., Harding, J.H., Cappellini, E., Penkman, K., and Collins, M.J. (2016) ‘Protein Sequences Bound to Mineral Surfaces Persist into Deep Time’. eLife [online] 5.

Contact details

Dr Samantha Presslee
ZooMS Technician
University of York
BioArCh, Environment Building
Wentworth Way
YO10 5DD