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Ancient DNA from mastics solidifies connection between material culture and genetics of mesolithic hunter-gatherers in Scandinavia
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory.
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Number of Authors: 72019 (English)In: Communications Biology, E-ISSN 2399-3642, Vol. 2, article id 185Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Human demography research in grounded on the information derived from ancient DNA and archaeology. For example, the study on the early postglacial dual-route colonisation of the Scandinavian Peninsula is largely based on associating genomic data with the early dispersal of lithic technology from the East European Plain. However, a clear connection between material culture and genetics has been lacking. Here, we demonstrate that direct connection by analysing human DNA from chewed birch bark pitch mastics. These samples were discovered at Huseby Klev in western Sweden, a Mesolithic site with eastern lithic technology. We generated genome-wide data for three individuals, and show their affinity to the Scandinavian hunter-gatherers. Our samples date to 9880-9540 calBP, expanding the temporal range and distribution of the early Scandinavian genetic group. We propose that DNA from ancient mastics can be used to study environment and ecology of prehistoric populations.

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2019. Vol. 2, article id 185
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-170185DOI: 10.1038/s42003-019-0399-1ISI: 000468006400001PubMedID: 31123709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-170185DiVA, id: diva2:1338091
Available from: 2019-07-19 Created: 2019-07-19 Last updated: 2019-07-19Bibliographically approved

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