Thomas Booth
Francis Crick Institute
MicrobiomeArchaeologyAncient DNAMassive parallel sequencingLive birthArchaeological recordPopulationHistologyOsteologyBiologyZoologyHistory
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#1Sophy Charlton (Natural History Museum)H-Index: 6
#1Sophy Charlton (University of Oxford)
Last. Ian Barnes (Natural History Museum)H-Index: 37
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ABSTRACTAdvances in NGS sequencing technologies, improved laboratory protocols and new bioinformatic workflows have seen huge increases in ancient DNA (aDNA) research on archaeological materials. A...
Various osteological techniques can be used to assess the developmental age of an infant skeleton, but it is more difficult to discern whether an infant had died before or after birth. Histological analysis of bone microstructure to look for microbial tunnelling (bioerosion) by putrefactive gut bacteria may represent a novel method of determining whether an archaeological infant had been a live birth. Gut bacteria spread around the body in the days following death and are primarily responsible f...
#1Kirsty Squires (Staffordshire University)H-Index: 3
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The rise of more sophisticated forms of analysis has allowed bioarchaeologists to address and answer a wide range of questions regarding past diets, health, mobility, population history, kinship, and taphonomy. However, all of these techniques, e.g. DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating, isotope analysis, and histological analysis require destructive sampling of human remains, which raises ethical issues pertaining to preservation and survival as well as cultural concerns of both past and contemporar...