Zhokhov Island in the Siberian High Arctic; long-distance (1,500km) exchange of obsidian during the Early Holocene

Provenancing obsidian facilitates the study of the procurement and exchange of this valuable raw material with a high degree of certainty. It can also be used indirectly to document prehistoric human migrations. Continue reading “Zhokhov Island in the Siberian High Arctic; long-distance (1,500km) exchange of obsidian during the Early Holocene”

First ancient DNA from mainland Finland reveals origins of Siberian ancestry in region

Researchers from the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Helsinki have analyzed the first ancient DNA from mainland Finland. As described in Nature Communications, ancient DNA was extracted from bones and teeth from a 3,500 year-old burial on the Kola Peninsula, Russia, and a 1,500 year-old water burial in Finland. The results reveal the possible path along which ancient people from Siberia spread to Finland and Northwestern Russia. Continue reading “First ancient DNA from mainland Finland reveals origins of Siberian ancestry in region”

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