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Demography and social structure of Polynesian outliers: genomic investigations of over 100 individuals buried in Namu, Taumako island

Project description

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.

Coordinator

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Net EU contribution
€ 189 687,36
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Germany

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Tübingen Tübingen, Landkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
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