Richard Zgusta (2015:149) sketches the migrations, transformations, and fluctuating fortunes of lineages grafted from outside food-producers onto the Nanai, historically non-agricultural sedentary fisher-hunters in the Khabarovsk and Primorsky regions of the Russian Far East—lassos for lines, equestrians to pedestrians. Some of these come to insinuate themselves into multiple “ethnicities” or народы.
One of the numerically largest lineages associated with immigrants from Manchuria are the Beldy. According to their oral traditions, … ⇒
The French apostolic missionary Mermet de Cachon (1828–1870) finds his prying deflected and then rebuffed in Hokkaido (English transl. of excerpt in Refsing 2000:23; original reproduced same volume):
One day while I was visiting my good Ainu, I asked the elders about the origins of their ancestors, and about the first facts in their history, but I was unable to get anything out of my hosts; the elders trembled at my questions, … ⇒
Y-DNA supports population discontinuity between Early Neolithic & Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age in Cis-Baikal
The study of Ancient DNA (aDNA), DNA recovered from archaeological and historic post mortem material, has complemented the study of anthropology and archaeology. There are several challenges in the retrieval and analysis of DNA from ancient specimens including exogenous contamination with modern DNA, … ⇒
Fillios, M. A., & Taçon, P. S. C. (2016). Who let the dogs in? A review of the recent genetic evidence for the introduction of the dingo to Australia and implications for the movement of people. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports [In Press, Corrected Proof: online 11 Mar 2016] doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.03.001
The phylogenetic origin of the dingo (Canis dingo) is an enigma. Introduced to Australia during the Holocene, … ⇒
The site: Háls (Þjóðminjasafn site #3509-13), on the farm Kollslækur, Hálsasveit, Borgarfjarðarsýsla, western Iceland
A curious discovery (Forbes 2007:96–97, apparently pers. comm. with Smith; see Smith 1997a, 1997b and Rink 1997):
Kevin Smith, an archaeologist and Chief Curator at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University . . . has reported on the discovery of a microblade core, similar to ones manufactured in the region from northwestern Canada to the Imakpik region between circa 10,700 and 8000 bp. … ⇒
Adrian Poruciuc (1996:247–248) pulls out some startling details in Germanic traveller Wulfstan of Hedeby’s description of late 9th century Estland, one of two contemporary travelogues about northern Europe inserted into the “Alfred the Great” Old English translation of Gallaecian priest Paulus Orosius’ 5th century Historiae adversus Paganos:
Wulfstan says he once left the Danish port of Hedeby (Hǣðum) and sailed east, first to the mouth of the Vistuala (Wisle) in the land of the Slavs (Winedas cf. … ⇒
Swedish photoessayist Jefferik Stocklassa (1991:42) relates a journey so improbable it by all rights ought to be true:
The Ainu people have always had misfortune on their trips to Sweden. The last trip they made, in the 18th century, was also a disappointment.
A group of Ainu hunted and fished their way across Siberia and Russia in order to appeal to Catherine II for permission to relocate the Ainu people to Russian territory, … ⇒
EDIT February 09, 2016: A convincing rebuttal from researchers at MPI Leipzig & Tübingen in eLife: Weiß et al. 2015.
EDIT May 26, 2015: I’m much more dubious of this claim upon closer reading and some discussions with colleagues. Look at the damage profiles and the number of reads mapping to wheat.
Oliver Smith, … ⇒
Peter B. Damgaard, Ashot Margaryan, Hannes Schroeder, Ludovic Orlando, Eske Willerslev, Morten E. Allentoft
February 6, 2015; doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/014985
Poor DNA preservation is the most limiting factor in ancient genomic research. In the vast majority of ancient bones and teeth, endogenous DNA molecules only represent a minor fraction of the whole DNA extract, rendering traditional shot-gun sequencing approaches cost-ineffective for whole-genome characterization. … ⇒
Gibaja, J.F., Subirà, M.E., Terradas, X., Santos, F.J., Agulló, L., Gómez-Martínez, I., Allièse, F., de Pablo, J.F-L. (2015)
PLoS ONE 10(1): e0115505. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115505
Located on the Iberian Mediterranean coast, El Collado is an open-air site where a rescue excavation was conducted over two seasons in 1987 and 1988. … ⇒