Archaeology and Genetics in the South Caucasus

Author(s): Aram Yardumian

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "The South Caucasus Region: Crossroads of Societies & Polities. An Assessment of Research Perspectives in Post-Soviet Times" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Archaeology and genetics research all too often live separate lives within anthropology departments. Although the potential for corroboration and perspective-shift seems vast, the two disciplines require fluency in specialized technical registers that adds difficulty even to reading published papers. In addition, sometimes the lines of evidence seemingly contradict one another. Anthropological genetics work in the South Caucasus is sailing ahead, with analysis of both contemporary populations and ancient individuals underway at multiple institutions, and with new findings published regularly. This report will review some recent Caucasus-related genetics research, highlighting key findings and problems in matters such as population continuity, settlement routes and patterns, and connections to trends in greater Eurasian population dynamics.

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Archaeology and Genetics in the South Caucasus. Aram Yardumian. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451735)

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min long: 26.191; min lat: 12.211 ; max long: 73.477; max lat: 42.94 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 24538