The ancient DNA module will provide students with an opportunity to explore one of the most rapidly moving areas in bioarchaeology. The lectures and seminars will focus on a thematic approach to the field, in order to introduce the key methods adopted in the study of ancient DNA, as well as some of the caveats. We will look at issues of aDNA decay, contamination and survival, and importantly, the approaches used to integrate genomic and archaeological data. Students will explore these advances though increasingly sophisticated and integrated applications of DNA and archaeological evidence to address major questions in archaeology.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
demonstrate a broad and comparative knowledge of the use of DNA in bioarchaeology
be aware of the methods underpinning the rapid advances in ancient DNA analysis
critically discuss and assess the key stages in the development of the field, and the ways in which DNA-based methods can be used to explore archaeological questions, as well as the limitations of this approach
critically evaluate primary data and evidence
explore and aquire scientific literature using appropriate bibliographic sources
communicate an in-depth, logical and structured argument, supported by biomolecular and archaeological evidence
% of module mark
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Arrangements for the return of feedback are detailed on the formative and summative assessment web pages.
Reading is published on the module web pages/VLE.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses
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