Archaeology and Ancient DNA

Course details

Code
O19P167AHR
Fees
From £115.00

Dates
Sat 08 Feb 2020 - Sun 09 Feb 2020

Archaeology and Ancient DNA

Overview

The study of ancient genetic material is an exciting new branch of prehistory, constantly producing unexpected new claims and changing our views concerning our past. The weekend’s speakers will present some of the most innovative aspects of this research, and will cover a very wide range of topics ranging from human origins to the dispersal of farming and of Indo-European languages, as well as the latest evidence concerning the development or demise of some non-human species such as the mammoth or cereal crops. Indeed, such is the rapid rate of new discoveries in the field of ancient DNA that the programme advertised here will certainly be modified as we grow nearer to the weekend. The speakers will coordinate and communicate to ensure that those attending are given the most comprehensive coverage possible of this fascinating but ever-changing field.

This is largely a repeat course from February 2018 with some new speakers and topics.

 

 

 

Programme details

SATURDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2020

10.00am           Registration

10.15am            Introduction to biomolecular archaeology and the DNA of

                         human evolution

                         Paul Pettitt

11.15am            Coffee/tea

11.45am             Ancient DNA from Neolithic populations from the Near East

                         and the spread of the Neolithic in Europe

                         Eva Fernández-Domínguez

12.45pm           Lunch

2.00pm            The archaeogenetics of Indo-European dispersals

                        Martin Richards

3.15pm            Tea/coffee

3.45pm            People of the British Isles: pattern and process of the

                        Mesolithic to Neolithic transition

                        Selina Brace

5.00pm            Discussion and break

7.00pm            Dinner

8.15pm            Ancient genomes and Irish prehistory

-9.15pm          Daniel Bradley

 

SUNDAY 9th FEBRUARY 2020

8.00am            Breakfast (residents only)

9.15am            Using DNA to understand the history of key crops

                        Nathan Wales

10.15am          Our relationships with dogs, chickens, and dire wolves

                        Greger Larson

11.15am           Coffee/tea

11.45am          Evolution, ecology and extinction of the mammoth: evidence

                        from ancient DNA

                        Adrian Lister

12.45pm          Lunch and Course Ends

 

 

Recommended reading

Reich, D. Who we are and how we got here (Pantheon Books, 2018)

 

Accommodation

Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Saturday night only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.

 

Fees

Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £115.00
Baguette Saturday: £5.00
Baguette Sunday: £5.00
Dinner Saturday Evening: £21.00
Full Hot Lunch Saturday (3 courses): £15.00
Full Hot Lunch Sunday (3 courses): £15.00
Single B&B Saturday Night: £82.00
Twin/Double B&B Saturday Night: £116.00

Funding

If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses

 

Tutors

Dr Selina Brace

Speaker

Researcher in ancient DNA, Natural History Museum, London

Professor Daniel Bradley

Speaker

Professor of Population Genetics, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Eva Fernández-Domínguez

Speaker

Associate Professor in ancient DNA

Professor Greger Larson

Speaker

Professor of Evolutionary Genomics, University of Oxford

Professor Adrian Lister

Speaker

Research Leader, The Natural History Museum

Professor Paul Pettitt

Speaker

Professor of Palaeolithic Archaeology, University of Durham

Professor Martin Brian Richards

Speaker

Research Professor in Archaeogenetics, University of Huddersfield

Dr Nathan Wales

Speaker

Lecturer

Dr Paul Bahn

Course Director

Freelance Archaeologist and leading specialist in Ice Age art

Toby Martin

Director of Studies

Departmental Lecturer, Department For Continuing Education, University of Oxford

Application

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