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Dr Richard Madgwick 


Education and Qualifications

PhD: January 2008-April 2011. Cardiff University, Colum Drive, Cardiff.
AHRC funded. Thesis title: Investigating the Potential of Holistic Taphonomic Analysis in Zooarchaeological Research. Viva completed with very minor corrections in July 2011

MA: October 2005-September 2006. University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton.
Osteoarchaeology (AHRC funded) – grade Distinction

BA: September 2001–June 2004. University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton.
BA (Hons) Archaeology – grade 1:1

Career Overview

After finishing an AHRC-funded MA in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Southampton, I worked as a field archaeologist for Wessex Archaeology prior to taking up an HLF-funded IfA internship in Bioarchaeology at Cardiff University. After this one year post, I commenced an AHRC-funded PhD at Cardiff University, supervised by Dr Jacqui Mulville. I submitted the thesis, entitled Investigating the Potential of Holistic Taphonomic Analysis in Zooarchaeological Research in April 2011 and took up a temporary position as Lecturer in Archaeology at Bournemouth University. My teaching focussed on Zooarchaeology, Prehistory, Post-Excavation studies and Archaeological Skills.

I was next employed as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on the Dama International Project at the University of Nottingham. This 3 year AHRC-funded project involved a multi-disciplinary investigation into the biogeography and management of the European fallow deer (Dama dama dama). I was responsible for zooarchaeological, biometric and isotope (δ15N, δ13C, δ34S, δ18O,87Sr/86Sr)  analysis. After almost a year at Nottingham, I returned to Cardiff in January 2013 to embark on my own research project as a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow on a 3 year project ‘Reconstructing the Feasts of Late Neolithic Britain’.

Teaching Profile

I have taught on various UG and PG modules including Environmental Archaeology, Archaeological Science, Bioarchaeology, Forensic and Osteoarchaeology, Environment and Economy, Death and Commemoration, Practical Skills and Human Origins.

Membership and External Activity

I sit on the committee of the Association for Environmental Archaeology as publicity officer. I am also a member of the British Mass Spectrometry Society, the International Council for Archaeozoology the Prehistoric Society and the World Archaeological Congress.