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, … ⇒
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. … ⇒
“. . . These were those wonderful things:—the rocks that grow out of the sea, in the space beyond Rapa; the monstrous seas; the female that dwells in those mountainous waves, whose tresses wave about in the waters and on the surface of the sea; and the frozen sea of pia, with the deceitful animal of that sea who dives to great depths—a foggy, misty, and dark place not seen by the sun. … ⇒
Chitimacha: A Mesoamerican language in the Lower Mississippi Valley
Cecil H. Brown, Søren Wichmann, & David Beck (2014)
The International Journal of American Linguistics 80(4): 425–474.
The comparative method of historical linguistics is carefully applied to the hypothesis that Chitimacha, a language of southern Louisiana now without fully fluent speakers, and languages of the Totozoquean family of Mesoamerica are genealogically related. 91 lexical sets comparing Chitimacha words collected by Swadesh (1939, … ⇒
From Matisoo-Smith, E. (2015). Ancient DNA and the human settlement of the Pacific: A review. Journal of Human Evolution (in press, corrected proof). doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.10.017:
During searches of museum collections to attempt to find other commensal animal bones, we encountered archaeological collections of human remains from Isla Mocha, a small island located approximately 30 km off the coast of south central Chile, about 100 km south of the site of El Arenal. … ⇒