An Archaeogenetic Approach to Studying the Demographic History of Rome


This is an abstract from the "Ancient DNA in Service of Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

From shipwrecks to monuments, coins to mosaics, the Aeneid to the Satyricon, classicists, archeologists, and historians draw on a range of media to study ancient Rome. As a new media to study the past, ancient genomes provide direct insight into the demographic histories of Rome’s inhabitants. This talk highlights our team’s interdisciplinary approach to analyzing new genomic evidence in dialogue with existing archaeological and historical narratives of ancient Rome. We discuss cases in which ancient sources, such as contemporary histories, monumental inscriptions, and ancient Mediterranean trade routes, have been instrumental in understanding the genetic structure of the Roman population in our study. In collaboration with geneticists and archaeologists, we have worked to add a genetic dimension to this well-studied time period and region. As archaeogenetic approaches become increasingly common across disciplines, we present an integrative project that we hope will be a useful framework for studying demographic changes in historical populations.

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An Archaeogenetic Approach to Studying the Demographic History of Rome. Hannah Moots, Margaret Antonio, Ziyue Gao, Jonathan Pritchard. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452232)


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min long: -10.151; min lat: 29.459 ; max long: 42.847; max lat: 47.99 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 26121