Free seminar – The Genetic Prehistory of Britain
Thursday, 27th April 2023
4:20 pm to 5:30 pm
Council Room, Firth Court, Western Bank, S10 2TN
Free - includes free glass of wine/soft drink
Dr Thomas Booth will be talking about the fascinating Genetic Prehistory of Britain.
Booking is not needed to attend this event.
Next Generation Sequencing technology has enabled vast improvements in the study of Ancient DNA over the last 10 years and we now have genome-wide data from thousands of human from the last c.50,000 years.
Whilst early studies were large scale, studying gentic change and migration over large geographic regions, more recent work has been smaller scale, zooming in on genetic change and relatedness in single regions or sites, providing insights on how larger-scale processes play out at the local level.
Dr Booth will discuss what we have learned from the archaeogenetic study of prehistoric Britain, ranging from migration and population shifts in the Upper Palaeolithic to patterns of relatedness and ancestry at Bronze Age and Neolithic funerary sites.
Dr Booth will show how integration of the genetic and archaeological evidence at different scales produces richer understandings of the past and more nuanced narratives of genetic change.