Madeleine's research focuses on the application of biomolecular methods to archaeological material to explore the inception, timing and spread of dairying in ancient Africa. Her current project investigates subsistence practices using the proteomic analysis of dental calculus, stable isotopes and ceramic residue analysis. 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.
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 Project: The 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 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-019-00910-8