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Jessica Hendy



Email: hendy[at]

Curriculum Vitae

Jessica Hendy received a BA in Anthropology and Ancient History and a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Auckland in 2010. In 2015 she received her PhD from the University of York, where she explored the application of ancient protein analysis to understanding ancient diets and disease. In 2015 she received a Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellowship Prize from the University of York. In her postdoctoral work at York, Jessica has been exploring the health and diets of individuals during the 18th and 19th century British Industrial Revolution through the proteomic and genomic analysis of ancient dental calculus, as well as the mechanisms of growth and mineralization of dental plaque and calculus. 

As a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Archaeology, Jessica is interested in developing and applying proteomic methods to a diverse range of multidisciplinary projects. In particular, she is focused on exploring the potential of ancient proteins as dietary biomarkers, with a particular emphasis on understanding dairy processing. In 2016 she received a Max Planck Society Donors Award to study traditionally-made dairy products and characterize their unique microbial fingerprints.

Selected Publications

Soncin S, Hendy J, Speller C, Manzi G & Tafuri M. (2016) Diet and Health in Middle Bronze Age Italy: a metaproteomic analysis of human dental calculus in two case-studies. 2016 IMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Torino, Italy.

Hendy J. (2016). Archaeological Detection, In C. Donnelly & M. Kehler (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Cheese. Oxford University Press

Kendall R, Hendy J, Collins MJ, Millard A, Gowland R (2016). Poor preservation of antibodies in archaeological human bone and dentine. Science and Technology in Archaeological Research, 1: 15-24

Hendy J, Collins MJ, Teoh KY, Ashford DA, Thomas-Oates J, Donoghue HD, Pap I, Minnikin DE, Spigelman M, and Buckley M. (2016). The challenge of identifying tuberculosis proteins in archaeological tissues. Journal of Archaeological Science, 66: 146-153.

Ziesemer KA, Mann AE, Sankaranarayanan K, Schroeder H, Ozga AT, Brandt BW, Zaura E, Waters-Rist A, Hoogland M, Salazar Garcia DC, Aldenderfer M, Speller C, Hendy J, Weston DA, MacDonald SJ, Thomas GH, Collins MJ, Lewis, Jr CM, Hofman C, Warinner C. (2015) Intrinsic challenges in ancient microbiome reconstruction using 16S rRNA gene amplification. Scientific Reports, 5: 16498

Warinner C*, Hendy J*, Speller C, Cappellini E, Fischer R, Trachsel C, Arneborg J, Lynnerup N, Craig OE, Swallow DM, Fotakis A, Christensen RJ, Olsen JV, Liebert A, Montalva N, Fiddyment S, Charlton S, Mackie M, Canci A, Bouwman A, Rühli F, Gilbert MTP, Collins MJ. (2014) Direct evidence of milk consumption from ancient human dental calculus. Scientific Reports, 4: 7104. *Equal author contribution

Warinner C, Rodrigues JFM, Vyas R, Trachsel C, Shved N, Grossmann J, Radini A, Hancock Y, Tito RY, Fiddyment S, Speller C, Hendy J, Charlton S, Luder HU, Salazar-Garcia DC, Eppler E, Seiler R, Hansen, LH, Alfredo J, Castruita S, Barkow-Oesterreicher S, Yik Teoh K,  Kelstrup CD, Olsen JV, Nanni P, Kawai T, Willerslev E, von Mering C, Lewis Jr CM, Collins MJ, Gilbert MTP, Rühli F, Cappellini E (2014). Pathogens and Host Immunity in the Ancient Human Oral Cavity, Nature Genetics, 46(4). 336-344

Magazine Articles 

Hendy J, Bickle P, Copper M, Charlton S. (2016) Neolithic cheese making: experimental archaeology and public engagement with replica vessels. PAST: The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society. Nov. 2016 

Hendy J, Charlton S, Radini A (2013). Ancient dental plaque: An unexpected journey into the past. The Post Hole, 22.


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