Archeological Data Analysis
Ancient DNA Analysis (paleogenetics)
Ancient proteins (paleoproteomics)
Relevant Degree Programs
Molecular Genetics (Ancient DNA Analysis)
Proteomics (Ancient protein analysis)
Peptide Mass Fingerprinting
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- Medieval women’s early involvement in manuscript production suggested by lapis lazuli identification in dental calculus (2019)
- A guide to ancient protein studies (2018)
Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2 (5), 791--799
- An efficient and reliable DNA-based sex identification method for archaeological Pacific salmonid (Oncorhynchus spp.) remains (2018)
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- Author Correction: A guide to ancient protein studies (2018)
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- Diversity of management strategies in Mesoamerican turkeys: archaeological, isotopic and genetic evidence (2018)
Royal Society Open Science, 5 (1), 171613
- Forgotten Mediterranean calving grounds of grey and North Atlantic right whales: evidence from Roman archaeological records (2018)
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- Lives before and after Stonehenge: An osteobiographical study of four prehistoric burials recently excavated from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (2018)
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- Proteomic evidence of dietary sources in ancient dental calculus. (2018)
Proceedings. Biological sciences,
- Cheek tooth morphology and ancient mitochondrial DNA of late Pleistocene horses from the western interior of North America: Implications for the taxonomy of North American Late Pleistocene Equus. (2017)
- Genomic and proteomic identification of Late Holocene remains: Setting baselines for Black Sea odontocetes (2017)
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- New criteria for the molecular identification of cereal grains associated with archaeological artefacts (2017)
Scientific Reports, 7 (1)
- Novel Substrates as Sources of Ancient DNA: Prospects and Hurdles (2017)
- Preservation of the metaproteome: variability of protein preservation in ancient dental calculus (2017)
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- The dental calculus metabolome in modern and historic samples (2017)
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- The York Gospels: a 1000-year biological palimpsest. (2017)
Royal Society open science,
- A sixteenth-century turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) from Puerto Real, Hispaniola (2016)
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- Ancient Maya turkey husbandry: Testing theories through stable isotope analysis (2016)
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- Barcoding the largest animals on Earth: ongoing challenges and molecular solutions in the taxonomic identification of ancient cetaceans. (2016)
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- Combined hybridization capture and shotgun sequencing for ancient DNA analysis of extinct wild and domestic dromedary camel (2016)
Molecular Ecology Resources, 17 (2), 300--313
- Erratum: Corrigendum: Intrinsic challenges in ancient microbiome reconstruction using 16S rRNA gene amplification (2016)
Scientific Reports, 6 (1)
- Identifying the sex of archaeological turkey remains using ancient DNA techniques (2016)
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 10, 520--525
- Three Thousand Years of Continuity in the Maternal Lineages of Ancient Sheep (Ovis aries) in Estonia (2016)
PLOS ONE, 11 (10), e0163676
- Ancient human microbiomes (2015)
Journal of Human Evolution,
- Intrinsic challenges in ancient microbiome reconstruction using 16S rRNA gene amplification (2015)
Sci. Rep., 5, 16498
- Stable isotope and ancient DNA analysis of dog remains from Cathlapotle (45CL1), a contact-era site on the Lower Columbia River (2015)
Journal of Archaeological Science, 57, 268--282
- The historical ecology of Pacific herring: Tracing Alaska Native use of a forage fish (2015)
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports,
- Using combined biomolecular methods to explore whale exploitation and social aggregation in hunter–gatherer–fisher society in Tierra del Fuego (2015)
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- A new era in palaeomicrobiology: prospects for ancient dental calculus as a long-term record of the human oral microbiome (2014)
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- Direct evidence of milk consumption from ancient human dental calculus (2014)
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- Pathogens and host immunity in the ancient human oral cavity. (2014)
- The future of ancient DNA: Technical advances and conceptual shifts (2014)
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- Turkey: Domestication (2014)
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- Ancient mtDNA analysis of early 16(th) century Caribbean cattle provides insight into founding populations of New World creole cattle breeds. (2013)
- Correction: High Potential for Using DNA from Ancient Herring Bones to Inform Modern Fisheries Management and Conservation (2013)
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- Phenotypes from ancient DNA: approaches, insights and prospects. (2013)
- Earliest Mexican Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) in the Maya Region: implications for pre-Hispanic animal trade and the timing of turkey domestication. (2012)
- High potential for using DNA from ancient herring bones to inform modern fisheries management and conservation. (2012)
- Personal identification of cold case remains through combined contribution from anthropological, mtDNA, and bomb-pulse dating analyses. (2012)
- Feather barbs as a good source of mtDNA for bird species identification in forensic wildlife investigations. (2011)
- Ancient mitochondrial DNA analysis reveals complexity of indigenous North American turkey domestication. (2010)
- Integrated DNA and fingerprint analyses in the identification of 60-year-old mummified human remains discovered in an Alaskan glacier. (2010)
- Ancient DNA provides new insights into the origin of the Chinese domestic horse (2009)
Journal of Archaeological Science, 36 (3), 835--842
- Identification of ancient remains through genomic sequencing. (2008)
- Wild or domesticated: DNA analysis of ancient water buffalo remains from north China (2008)
Journal of Archaeological Science, 35 (10), 2778--2785
- Co-amplification of cytochrome b and D-loop mtDNA fragments for the identification of degraded DNA samples (2006)
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- Historical Ecology and Biogeography of North Pacific Pinnipeds: Isotopes and Ancient DNA from Three Archaeological Assemblages (2006)
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- Ancient DNA investigation of prehistoric salmon resource utilization at Keatley Creek, British Columbia, Canada (2005)
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