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Beyond broad strokes: sociocultural insights from the study of ancient genomes.

Racimo, F., Sikora, M., Vander Linden, M., Schroeder, H. and Lalueza-Fox, C., 2020. Beyond broad strokes: sociocultural insights from the study of ancient genomes. Nature Reviews Genetics. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1038/s41576-020-0218-z

Abstract

In the field of human history, ancient DNA has provided answers to long-standing debates about major movements of people and has begun to inform on other important facets of the human experience. The field is now moving from mostly large-scale supraregional studies to a more local perspective, shedding light on socioeconomic processes, inheritance rules, marriage practices and technological diffusion. In this Review, we summarize recent studies showcasing these types of insights, focusing on methods used to infer sociocultural aspects of human behaviour. This approach often involves working across disciplines — such as anthropology, archaeology, linguistics and genetics — that have until recently evolved in separation. Multidisciplinary dialogue is important for an integrated reconstruction of human history, which can yield extraordinary insights about past societies, reproductive behaviours and even lifestyle habits that would not be possible to obtain otherwise.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1471-0056
Uncontrolled Keywords:archaeology; demography; aDNA
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:33588
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:03 Mar 2020 15:51
Last Modified:03 Mar 2020 15:51

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