Archaeo-Genomic Projects

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 (

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
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6398, USA
Tel: 215-573-2656