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WARNING: contains a photo of archaeological human remains. This article relates to Maddy Bleasdale and Claire-Elise Fischer’s joint first-author poster. Recently the COMMIOS team, along with many other institutions and authors, published the largest aDNA study to date! We generated genome-wide data for a staggering 793 archaeological individuals (Patterson et al., 2022). But what did … Continue reading Behind the paper: mobility and migration in Bronze and Iron Age Britain
The first step in identifying an Iron Age individual is to construct the ‘biological profile’. This is done by analysing the skeleton to provide information about age, sex and stature as well as additional information of trauma and disease. This provides the life course history of the individual (from birth to death), from the osteoarchaeological … Continue reading The first step towards an Iron Age identity: The skeletal biological profile
Hi! As I am new to the project it seemed a perfect opportunity to write a blog post about my work so far, particularly my PhD research, which itself fits neatly into the themes of the COMMIOS project. Why study the dead? I have always been fascinated by the amount we can learn from human … Continue reading Death – My journey so far
As you know, ancient DNA (aDNA) is a big part of our COMMIOS project! And we now count legions of studies in aDNA! But how did this story start? aDNA: a recent development at the archaeological scale Well, everything began in 1984 with Hichugi and his team, when they recovered a fragment of DNA from a … Continue reading Ancient DNA: a story of a (R)evolution
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