A closer look at interactions amongst Oceanians
Descendants of two main migration waves, out of Africa over 50 000 years ago and from Taiwan beginning around 5 000 years ago, the Oceanians have a complex population history and represent a complex genetic landscape. Interactions amongst Oceanians, however, remain poorly understood. The EU-funded project NAMU will study the genetic data of 114 ancient individuals from the ancient Polynesian Outlier site of Namu, a burial ground on the island of Taumako, Solomon Islands. With the main aim of understanding the structure of Oceanian societies and its relation with their migratory history, NAMU will employ palaeogenomic methods to study Taumako’s settlement processes and demographic history and the social organisation and socioeconomic stratification of Namu.
Fields of science
- HORIZON.1.2 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Main Programme