Dr Viviane Slon

Using ancient DNA in sediments to learn about our past

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 11th November 2021
Type: Webinar / Category: Department / Series: Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Seminar Series
  • Suitable for: Everyone.
  • Admission: Free.
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In the 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, Dr Viviane Slon 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.

Affiliation: Tel Aviv University

For Zoom information and registration email liverpoolevoanth@gmail.com.