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Department of Archaeology



Matthew graduated with a BSc in human genetics (2007) and an MRes in bioinformatics (2008) from Newcastle University. He then moved to Trinity College Dublin to complete a PhD in genetics (2013) as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie initial training network LeCHE, specializing in the analysis of ancient DNA. He then conducted further postdoctoral research in archaeogenetics at Trinity College Dublin as part of the ERC funded CodeX project. Subsequently, Matthew completed a 2-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellowship at the university of York. In 2019 Matthew joined the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research as a research associate as part of the ERC funded Beasts to Craft project.


My research interests centre on the use of genetic methods to understand the past, particularly using ancient DNA to investigate animal domestication and breeding. My current research focuses on the extraction and sequencing of DNA from manuscript parchment a time capsule of genetic information.


Key publications: 

Selected publications

Fiddyment S, Teasdale MD, Vnouček J, Lévêque É, Binois A, Collins MJ. So you want to do biocodicology? A field guide to the biological analysis of parchment. Heritage Science 2019.

Verdugo MP, Mullin VE, Scheu A, Mattiangeli V, Daly KG, Maisano Delser P, Hare AJ, Burger J, Collins MJ, Kehati R, Hesse P, Fulton D, Sauer EW, Mohaseb FA, Davoudi H, Khazaeli R, Lhuillier J, Rapin C, Ebrahimi S, Khasanov M, Vahidi SMF, MacHugh DE, Ertuğrul O, Koukouli-Chrysanthaki C, Sampson A, Kazantzis G, Kontopoulos I, Bulatovic J, Stojanović I, Mikdad A, Benecke N, Linstädter J, Sablin M, Bendrey R, Gourichon L, Arbuckle BS, Mashkour M, Orton D, Horwitz LK, Teasdale MD and Bradley DG. Ancient cattle genomics, origins, and rapid turnover in the Fertile Crescent. Science 2019.

Teasdale MD*, Fiddyment S*, Vnouček J, Mattiangeli V, Speller C, Binois A, Carver M, Dand C, Newfield TP, Webb CC, Bradley DG, Collins MJ. The York Gospels: a 1000-year biological palimpsest. Royal Society Open Science. 2017. *Co-lead authors

O’Sullivan NJ, Teasdale MD, Mattiangeli V, Maixner F, Pinhasi R, Bradley DG, Zink A. A whole mitochondria analysis of the Tyrolean Iceman’s leather provides insights into the animal sources of Copper Age clothing. Sci Rep. 2016.

Frantz LAF, Mullin VE, Pionnier-Capitan M, Lebrasseur O, Ollivier M, Perri A, Linderholm A, Mattiangeli V, Teasdale MD, Dimopoulos EA, Tresset A, Duffraisse M, McCormick F, Bartosiewicz L, Gál E, Nyerges ÉA, Sablin MV, Bréhard S, Mashkour M, Bălăşescu A, Gillet B, Hughes S, Chassaing O, Hitte C, Vigne J-D, Dobney K, Hänni C, Bradley DG, Larson G. Genomic and archaeological evidence suggest a dual origin of domestic dogs. Science. 2016.

Park S, Magee D, McGettigan P, Teasdale MD, Edwards C, Lohan A, Murphy A, Braud M, Donoghue M, Liu Y, Chamberlain A, Rue-Albrecht K, Schroeder S, Spillane C, Tai S, Bradley D, Sonstegard T, Loftus B, MacHugh D. Genome sequencing of the extinct Eurasian wild aurochs, Bos primigenius, illuminates the phylogeography and evolution of cattle. Genome Biology. 2015.

Teasdale MD, van Doorn NL, Fiddyment S, Webb CC, O’Connor T, Hofreiter M, Collins MJ, Bradley DG. Paging through history: parchment as a reservoir of ancient DNA for next generation sequencing. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2015.

Gamba C, Jones ER, Teasdale MD, McLaughlin RL, Gonzalez-Fortes G, Mattiangeli V, Domboróczki L, Kővári I, Pap I, Anders A, Whittle A, Dani J, Raczky P, Higham TFG, Hofreiter M, Bradley DG, Pinhasi R. Genome flux and stasis in a five millennium transect of European prehistory. Nat Commun 2014.

Job Titles

Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Biomolecular Archaeology
Cultural Heritage

Contact Details

Room 2.9 The Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street
01223 (7) 64719


Person keywords: 
Material Culture
Human Evolutionary Studies
Geographical areas: 
Mesopotamia and the Near East
Periods of interest: 
Classical - Roman
Copper/Bronze Age
Iron Age