Thursday, December 8, 2022
Mitochondrial Health

Using ancient DNA in sediments to learn about our past

University of Liverpool Evolutionary Anthropology Webinar Series: Thursday 11th of November 2021

Dr Viviane Slon, Tel Aviv University, on “Using Ancient DNA in sediments to learn about our past”

Abstract: In past years, DNA retrieved from ancient human remains have been instrumental in furthering our understanding of our own evolutionary past, as well as that of our closest extinct relatives, the Neandertals and the Denisovans. Such studies, however, are inherently limited to sites and timeframes where such remains have been found and made available for sampling. A complementary approach can be to recover human DNA fragments from ancient sediments – a source material ubiquitously and abundantly found at any archaeological excavation. Here, I will outline a methodology to do so, including its highlights and pitfalls, and demonstrate the potential of this research avenue using examples from prehistoric sites in Europe and Asia.

Hosted by Carys Phillips, PhD student in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool.

For more information about the programme, find us on Twitter at @LivUni_EvoAnth or email us at [email protected]

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