I’m looking forward to the 82nd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (Vancouver, BC, Canada: March 29–April 2, 2017) at the end of this month, which will be my first SAA.
This is a sprawling conference. I’ve spent a long while going through the entries and have highlighted some abstracts of special interest below — I’ll feature things that caught my eye from other domains of archaeology and non-human aDNA/proteome work in later posts. … ⇒
Lauriane Bourgeon, Ariane Burke, Thomas Higham
PLoS ONE 12(1): e0169486. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0169486
The timing of the first entry of humans into North America is still hotly debated within the scientific community. Excavations conducted at Bluefish Caves (Yukon Territory) from 1977 to 1987 yielded a series of radiocarbon dates that led archaeologists to propose that the initial dispersal of human groups into Eastern Beringia (Alaska and the Yukon Territory) occurred during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). … ⇒
As you may have noticed, preparing for my second trip to Russia has really diverted my attention from blogging. May stamp out some dispatches as time permits, but expect post intensity to remain low until I get back.
Boston St. Petersburg Aug. 3
St. Petersburg Samara Aug. 13
Samara Novosibirsk Aug. 16
Novosibirsk Vladivostok Aug. 20
Vladivostok Fairbanks Aug. 24
Fairbanks Boston Aug. 28 … ⇒
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. … ⇒
Chang, C-H., Kaifu, Y., Takai, M., Kono, R.T., Grün, R., Matsu’ura, S., Kinsley, L., & Lin L-K. (2015)
Nature Communications 6, Article 6037 | doi:10.1038/ncomms7037
Recent studies of an increasing number of hominin fossils highlight regional and chronological diversities of archaic Homo in the Pleistocene of eastern Asia. … ⇒
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. … ⇒
The height of these four prehistoric inhabitants of Krasnodar was recorded as 2.1m (~6’11”) for the men and 1.97m (~6’6″) for the women.
The Novotitarovskaya Culture is classified as a relative of Yamnaya or component of the Yamnaya horizon. … ⇒