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Forensic Techniques to Investigate Museum and Archaeological Samples

Author(s): Shanan S. Tobe ; Courtney Mower ; Anna Dhody ; Carolyn Rando ; Kimberlee S. Moran

Year: 2017

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Forensic biologists utilize the latest DNA technologies to deal with low level, difficult, and degraded samples on a regular basis. In fact, forensic testing is specifically designed and validated to be robust under conditions that would cause most other genetic testing to fail. It is therefore no surprise that forensic genetic techniques can assist museums with research questions regarding their collections. Here we discuss how, using forensic techniques and testing, we were able to analyze museum exhibits/samples to determine either species, in the case of non-human samples, or, in the case of human samples, genetic profiles including ancestry markers, using Next Generation Sequencing.


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Forensic Techniques to Investigate Museum and Archaeological Samples. Shanan S. Tobe, Courtney Mower, Anna Dhody, Carolyn Rando, Kimberlee S. Moran. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429105)


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Abstract Id(s): 17163

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America