During the past two decades, we have explored the biological and cultural history of archaeological populations from different parts of the world. This work has used a range of methods from the archaeological tool kit to understand the past lives of these groups, and now employs ancient DNA analysis to further delve into the ancestry, kinship and lived experiences of the individuals interred at these archaeological sites. This analytical approach has yielded new insights into the prehistory of Siberia, as well as generated new understandings of the population dynamics of colonial America, including the African diaspora.
Anson Street African Burial Ground Project
Reinterment of the Ancestors, 4 May 2019. Photo credit: T.G. Schurr
Chesapeake Genetic History Project
1635 Map of Colonial Maryland and Chesapeake Bay. Image source: ClassicStock/ Alamy Stock Photo
Baikal Archaeology Project
Left: Kurma XI burial. Photo credit: A.W. Weber. Right: Drawing from A.P. Okladnikov (1955) The Neolithic and Bronze Age of the Cis-Baikal, Parts I and II. p. 163, fig. 71.
St. Mary’s Basilica Project
Photo credit: Brian Palmer (brianpalmer.photos)
Historic Christ Church Project
Photo credit: T.G. Schurr
Eurasian Steppe Cultures
Image source: The Khazars: A Judeo-Turkish Empire on the Stepps, 7th-11th Centuries AD, by Mikhail Zhirohov & David Nicolle, Illustrations by Christa Hook.
Laboratory of Molecular Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania
421 University Museum
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