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Dr Richard Madgwick 

Richard Madgwick
Position:British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Telephone:+44 (0)2920 874239

Research Interests

I am a bioarchaeologist specialising in the study of animal remains. My research focuses broadly on reconstructing human-animal interactions in the past. I am particularly interested in integrating new and novel analytical techniques to achieve more nuanced interpretations of osseous remains and am currently involved with programmes of isotope (δ15N, δ13C, δ34S, δ18O,87Sr/86Sr), taphonomic and histological analysis. I am also a keen human osteoarchaeologist and have recently been involved in projects with Glamorgan and Gwent Archaeological Trust, National Museum Wales, Cardiff Archaeological Consultants and Cardiff Archaeology Society.

I am currently employed as a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow on the 3 year project Reconstructing the Feasts of Late Neolithic Britain. The project will reconstruct the networks that the great monument complexes of Britain supported and to identify the frequency, scale and nature of activity at these centres. The research will integrate newly developed (taphonomic analysis) and validated (strontium isotope analysis in pigs) methods with novel uses of other techniques (pig cementum banding) for fine-grained reconstruction of connectivity and ceremony in late Neolithic Britain. The project aims to frame new directions for research on social, political and ecological relations in Neolithic Britain and complements research undertaken in the Feeding Stonehenge project (PI: Mike Parker Pearson).


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Additional Information

I am publicity officer for the Association for Environmental Archaeology

Impact and Engagement

Sun worshippers and lunatics – rant talks and practical workshops on cosmologies of the past and the archaeology of the skies at Wilderness festival

I am involved in a range of community engagement projects as a member of Guerilla Archaeology.

Becoming Shaman- Ran workshops on isotope analysis and shamanic ritual in archaeology and ethnography at the Secret Garden Party festival.

Einstein’s Garden- Ran workshops on archaeological science at Green Man festival.

Future Animals - Beacon funded engagement project involving practical sessions combining creativity and science on topics of natural and artificial selection with secondary schools.

STEM Ambassador Scheme – I have been inducted as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador. As such I have undergone training in effective scientific engagement.