Archaeology and Ancient DNA
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.
SATURDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2020
10.15am Introduction to biomolecular archaeology and the DNA of
11.45am Ancient DNA from Neolithic populations from the Near East
and the spread of the Neolithic in Europe
2.00pm The archaeogenetics of Indo-European dispersals
3.45pm People of the British Isles: pattern and process of the
Mesolithic to Neolithic transition
5.00pm Discussion and break
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
10.15am Our relationships with dogs, chickens, and dire wolves
11.45am Evolution, ecology and extinction of the mammoth: evidence
from ancient DNA
12.45pm Lunch and Course Ends
Reich, D. Who we are and how we got here (Pantheon Books, 2018)
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.
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
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.
Researcher in ancient DNA, Natural History Museum, London
Professor of Population Genetics, Trinity College Dublin
Associate Professor in ancient DNA
Professor of Evolutionary Genomics, University of Oxford
Research Leader, The Natural History Museum
Professor of Palaeolithic Archaeology, University of Durham
Research Professor in Archaeogenetics, University of Huddersfield
Course DirectorFreelance Archaeologist and leading specialist in Ice Age art
Director of Studies
Departmental Lecturer, Department For Continuing Education, University of Oxford
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