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Cheddar Man and the Genetic Prehistory of Britain: free lecture

Submitted by Ruiha Smalley on 19 April 2021

One of our associated groups has informed the library of an upcoming, free lecture, held by the Flag Fen Archaeology Park.  The talk will be by Dr Tom Booth of the Crick Institute in London. He specialises in analysing ancient DNA from human remains. 

Recent advances in DNA sequencing has meant that we are now routinely generating high-quality genetic data from ancient human skeletons. Britain now has one of the largest ancient DNA databases in the world. These ancient human genomes have been giving us an unprecedented insight into the peoples who lived in Britain over the last 10,000 years, including Cheddar Man, the oldest (mostly) complete skeleton from Britain. Here I will discuss what ancient genomics has told us so far about Cheddar Man and the prehistory of Britain more broadly, from the development of farming to the Roman Conquest.

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