Archaeogenetics: DNA and the Population Prehistory of Europe

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Colin Renfrew, Katherine V. Boyle, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 2000 - History - 342 pages
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Recent developments in molecular genetics are currently transforming our understanding of the population history of the world. Their application to the prehistory and history of Europe was the focus of an interdisciplinary meeting held in Cambridge in 1999 as a Euroconference of the Human Genome Diversity Group. The papers describe the latest developments in this fast-moving area, with a clear and accessible discussion of the results of mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosone analysis and of their integration with the archaeological and climatic record. Here for the first time it is possible to assess the impact of molecular genetics upon European prehistory. This volume will be, therefore, essential reading for all those, including archaeologists and genetecists, concenerned with the reconstruction of the prehistory of Europe and with this new, multidisciplinary field of research.

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Contents

Towards a Population Prehistory of Europe
3
Concepts in Molecular Genetics
13
From Blood Groups to Genes
23
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Colin Renfrew (Professor Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn) is Emeritus Disney Professor and Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge University. He is the author and editor of a large number of publications, including Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice, with Paul Bahn, which is one of the standard textbooks on the subject.

Boyle is a researcher at the McDonald Institute.

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