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Matthew Collins



Other Affiliation

Department of Archaeology


Principal Investigator

Research Summary

I research the application of proteomics to archaeological remains.

My research question is, does the biomolecular profile of ancient bone material offer insights into past metabolic disease



Selected Publications

Charlton, S., Ramsøe, A., Collins, M., Craig, O. E., Fischer, R., Alexander, M., & Speller, C. F. (2019). New insights into Neolithic milk consumption through proteomic analysis of dental calculus. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.

Daly, K. G., Delser, P. M., Mullin, V. E., Scheu, A., Mattiangeli, V., Teasdale, M. D., … Bradley, D. G. (2018). Ancient goat genomes reveal mosaic domestication in the Fertile Crescent. Science, 361(6397), 85–88.

Fiddyment, S., Teasdale, M. D., Vnouček, J., Lévêque, É., Binois, A., & Collins, M. J. (2019). So you want to do biocodicology? A field guide to the biological analysis of parchment. Heritage Science, 7(1), 35.

Hendy, J., Warinner, C., Bouwman, A., Collins, M. J., Fiddyment, S., Fischer, R., … Speller, C. F. (2018). Proteomic evidence of dietary sources in ancient dental calculus. Proceedings. Biological Sciences / The Royal Society, 285(1883).

Hendy, J., Welker, F., Demarchi, B., Speller, C., Warinner, C., & Collins, M. J. (2018). A guide to ancient protein studies. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2(5), 791–799.

Jensen, T. Z. T., Niemann, J., Iversen, K. H., Fotakis, A. K., Gopalakrishnan, S., Sinding, M. H. S., … Schroeder, H. (2018). Stone Age “chewing gum” yields 5,700 year-old human genome and oral microbiome (p. 493882).

Kontopoulos, I., Penkman, K., Liritzis, I., & Collins, M. J. (2019). Bone diagenesis in a Mycenaean secondary burial (Kastrouli, Greece). Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.

McGrath, K., Rowsell, K., Gates St-Pierre, C., Tedder, A., Foody, G., Roberts, C., … Collins, M. (2019). Identifying Archaeological Bone via Non-Destructive ZooMS and the Materiality of Symbolic Expression: Examples from Iroquoian Bone Points. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 11027.

Presslee, S., Slater, G. J., Pujos, F., Forasiepi, A. M., Fischer, R., Molloy, K., … MacPhee, R. D. E. (2019). Palaeoproteomics resolves sloth relationships. Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Radini, A., Tromp, M., Beach, A., Tong, E., Speller, C., McCormick, M., … Warinner, C. (2019). Medieval women’s early involvement in manuscript production suggested by lapis lazuli identification in dental calculus. Science Advances, 5(1), eaau7126.

Simpson, J. P., Fascione, M., Bergström, E., Wilson, J., Collins, M. J., Penkman, K. E. H., & Thomas-Oates, J. (2019). Ionisation bias undermines the use of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation for estimating peptide deamidation: Synthetic peptide studies demonstrate electrospray ionisation gives more reliable response ratios. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM, 33(12), 1049–1057.

Verdugo, M. P., Mullin, V. E., Scheu, A., Mattiangeli, V., Daly, K. G., Maisano Delser, P., … Bradley, D. G. (2019). Ancient cattle genomics, origins, and rapid turnover in the Fertile Crescent. Science, 365(6449), 173–176.

von Holstein, I. C. C., von Tersch, M., Coutu, A. N., Penkman, K. E. H., Makarewicz, C. A., & Collins, M. J. (2018). Collagen proteins exchange oxygen with demineralisation and gelatinisation reagents and also with atmospheric moisture. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM, 32(6), 523–534.

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