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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Ms Leslie Quade, MSc, BA

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PhD Abstract

When in Gaul, do as the ‘Romans’ do?
Shifting Health in Gaul during Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval Period

Societal and cultural transformations are a hallmark of the modern age and have become a nearly omnipresent component of daily life. How these changes impact human well-being and life experience is a deeply relevant and significant contemporary question , which captivates us as we consider what our future might be and look like. Although the health of a society’s populace is crucial to its success and advancement, how fluctuations in socio-political systems and cultural environments affect human health and well-being is not yet understood. This research aims to examine the health of several skeletal populations from Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval Period in Gaul (modern-day France) to reveal correlations between transitions in socio-political environments and shifts in health. 


2016-2020 Durham University, PhD Archaeology 
2015 Durham University, MSc, Paleopathology Graduated with Distinction
2014 Columbia University, BA, Evolutionary Biology of Human Species, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors


2016-2019 Durham Doctoral Studentship
2014-2015 Archaeology Masters Bursary, Durham University, UK
2014 Senior Thesis Stipend, Columbia University, NY
2013 Craig Family Stipend, Columbia University, NY
2012-2014 Larry J. Lawrence Scholarship, Columbia University, NY


2016 Cockburn Student Prize, European Palaeopathology Association Meetings, Moscow, Russia
2014 Phi Beta Kappa Inductee
2014 Departmental Thesis Award, Columbia University School of General Studies
2012 Honor Society Inductee

Research Interests

  • Impact of living environment and socio-political conditions on health
  • Non-adult palaeopathology and osteology (processes of growth and development, excavation, methodology)
  • International exchange of osteological and palaeopathological analysis techniques and methods

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