Learning about European prehistory from ancient DNA
The interdisciplinary field of archaeogenetics – the study of ancient DNA – will shed light on European prehistory. The homogenisation of European populations since the late Neolithic period has been difficult to trace using current analytical methods. To address this issue, the EU-funded MICROSCOPE project will develop a new toolbox – a set of fine-scaled analytical methods – based on rare genetic variation. This genetic ‘microscope’ will enable the analysis of ancient genomic data to infer population structure with unprecedented detail. Spanning the pre-Roman European Iron Age until today, the focus will be the former Celtic world (with a core region from France to Slovakia). Also, the reconstruction of family pedigrees will show how migration and population admixture are reflected at the community and family levels.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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