Welcome to My Nightmare - Ancient DNA from Pacific Islands

Author(s): Lisa Matisoo-Smith

Year: 2016


Recent reports of ancient DNA recovery from samples that are 10s if not 100s of thousands of years old attest to the amazing developments in aDNA technology in recent years. Unfortunately, most aDNA from the Pacific Islands is poorly preserved and highly degraded. Despite the relatively short history of settlement on many Pacific Islands, ancient DNA is often difficult, if not impossible, to obtain from archaeological samples recovered from Pacific sites. Still, we are able to recover aDNA sequence from an increasing number of animal and human samples from across the Pacific which are providing intriguing clues about the complexity of Pacific settlement history. Several examples from our lab will be presented, demonstrating both the powers and the pitfalls of working with ancient DNA in the Pacific and integrating aDNA data with the archaeological record to reconstruct aspects of Pacific settlement and prehistory.

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Welcome to My Nightmare - Ancient DNA from Pacific Islands. Lisa Matisoo-Smith. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403192)


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