Ophelie Lebrasseur

Dr Ophelie Lebrasseur

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Tel: +44 (0)1865 275116

Fax: +44 (0)1865 285220

E-mail: ophelie.lebrasseur@rlaha.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Ancient DNA
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Phylogenetic Evolution of Culture
  • Public Archaeology and outreach

Past and Current Projects

2014-present: ‘Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions’ (AHRC)


2010-2014: PhD in Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Durham

‘Dogs, Chickens and Ants: Investigating the reliability of modern maternal genetic data in retracing early dispersals’

2009-2010: MSc in Human Palaeoecology (Distinction), University of Durham

‘On the origins of goats, pigs, cattle and Java deer from Mauritius: an Ancient DNA approach’

2006-2009: BSc in Archaeology (Class I, Honours), University of Durham

‘Harfleur in the 15th and 16th century: Subsistence and Economy – An analysis of the animal remains from the Porte de Rouen’



Thomson, V.A., Lebrasseur, O, Austin, J.J., Hunt, T., Burney, D.A., Denham, T., Rawlence, N.J., Wood, J.R., Gongora, J., Girdland Flink, L., Linderholm, A., Dobney, K., Larson, G and Cooper, A. (2014) Using ancient DNA to study the origins and dispersal of ancestral Polynesian chickens across the Pacific, PNAS 111(13): 4826-4831 


Millard, A.R., Jimenez-Cano, N.G., Lebrasseur, O. and Sakai, Y. (2013) Isotopic Investigation of Animal Husbandry in the Welsh and English Periods at Dryslwyn Castle, Carmarthenshire, Wales, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 23:640-650.


Lebrasseur, O. (2011) Les ossements animaux du site de la Porte de Rouen, Harfleur (Seine-Maritime) – Résultats préliminaires de l’étude de la faune et conclusions relatives à l’alimentation et l’économie des XVème et XVIème siècles, Journées Archéoloqiques de Haute-Normandie, Harfleur, 23-25 Avril 2010, 165-176.

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