Staff Profile:Dr Delphine Fremondeau

Delphine is a zooarchaeologist and currently a postdoctoral research assistant on the AHRC-funded project Exeter: A Place In Time (EAPIT), working with Dr. Gundula Müldner and Prof. Stephen Rippon (University of Exeter). As part of this project, she is investigating Exeter’s meat supply from the Roman to the Late Medieval period using multi-isotope analysis (C, N, S, Sr & O) of animal skeletal remains from Exeter.
Areas of Interest:
  • Zooarchaeology, isotopic analyses in faunal and plant remains
  • Animal husbandry practices, notably pig husbandry
  • Land use, human/environment interactions
  • Food supply in urbanised societies
  • Iron Age subsistence economy
  • Iron Age/Roman transition
Research groups / Centres:

Landscape, Climate and Lived Environment Research Cluster

Diet, Health and the Life Course Research Cluster

Key Facts:

Delphine is interested in documenting past human subsistence strategies and land use, notably herd management strategies and their impact on the environment, using isotopic analyses (C, O, N, S, Sr) in faunal remains.

Delphine holds a BSc in Biology from the University of La Rochelle (France, 2006), an MA in Archaeology (University François Rabelais in Tours, France, 2008), and completed a PhD in Archaeology, Ethnology and Prehistory in 2012 at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris). Her PhD research established a protocol of stable isotope analysis for the study of the seasonal rhythms of pig husbandry in the past.

Before moving to Reading, Delphine has worked as post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Leuven (Belgium), as a specialist in isotopic analysis, investigating the subsistence economy of the Late Antique city of Sagalassos (Turkey). She remains associated researcher at the University of Leuven Laboratory of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Genomics, and is co-investigator in international collaborative projects:

More information and publications can be found at

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9690-1492


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