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Ancient DNA symposium

November 29, 09:00 - 16:30


Small Auditorium, Swedish Museum of Natural History
Frescativägen 40
Stockholm, Sweden
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Ancient DNA symposium

November 29, 2022 @ 09:00 16:30 CET

The possibility of studying humans, animals, plants, and other forms of life that lived in the past using DNA analysis is providing new insight into history, often with important implications for understanding our contemporary world. Ancient DNA can support investigation of e.g. prehistoric migrations and interactions, cultural practices, and development of agriculture, as well as research into evolution, ecology, and biodiversity.

This symposium is organized to present the forefront and breadth of ancient DNA analysis and its value in context of other information in order to facilitate cross-disciplinary projects.

The event is organized by the Centre for Palaeogenetics at Stockholm University and Swedish Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with SciLifeLab Ancient DNA unit and the National Genomics Infrastructure.

The symposium is free of charge. Deadline for registration is November 18th.

During the coffee breaks, representatives of SciLifeLab Ancient DNA unit, the National Genomics Infrastructure (NGI), and the National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden (NBIS) are available for project discussions.

We recommend attending in person to fully benefit from the opportunity to discuss with the speakers and other attendees, but if you are unable to join the meeting physically, you can register to attend the presentations online.


Introduction to ancient DNA research
Anders Götherström, Dept. of Archaeology and classical studies, Stockholm University, Sweden
Keynote presentation: Changing social dynamics in the light of ancient DNA: the Southwest Asian evidence
Mehmet Somel, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Infectious diseases in the Viking Age town of Sigtuna
Zoé Pochon, Dept. of Archaeology and classical studies, Stockholm University, Sweden
African history – inferences from modern and ancient DNA
Carina Schlebusch, Dept. of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden
10:30Coffee and consultations
The European arrival and admixture history of ancient cats
Greger Larson, School of Archaeology, Oxford University, UK
When Archaeology ask Questions with Key Genetic Signature!
Caroline Ahlström Arcini, the Archaeologists, National Historical Museums, Sweden
Ancient DNA from foragers, farmers and herders in Neolithic Scandinavia
Helena Malmström, Dept. of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden
12:00Lunch, Linnaeus dining room, Swedish Museum of Natural History
Keynote presentation: Title TBD
Pete Heintzman, Dept. of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University

Infrastructure support for ancient DNA research
Tom Martin, SciLifeLab National Genomics Infrastructure, Sweden
Magnus Lundgren, SciLifeLab Ancient DNA unit, Sweden
Phylogenetic history of collared lemmings (Dicrostonyx sp.)
Edana Lord, Dept. of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden
14:40Coffee and consultations
Herbarium evolutionary holo-genomics using historic herbarium specimens
Michael Martin, Dept. of Natural History, University Museum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Using deep-time genomic data to understand evolutionary processes in mammoths
Camilo Chacon-Duque, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden
Optical duplicates, optical duplicates: the effect of loading concentration on library complexity
Marianne Dehasque, Dept. of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden
Identifying admixture and ghost lineages in (ancient) genomes
Tom van der Valk, Dept. of Bioinformatics and Genetics, Swedish Museum of Natural history
16:30End of symposium