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Поволжская археология

Zooarchaeology and Ancient DNA, part 1: a brief review of the methods and applications

Aurélie Manin (Oxford, UK), Ophélie Lebrasseur (Liverpool, UK)

page 187–195

UDC 575.174 902/904


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Ancient DNA (aDNA) analyses from archaeological animal remains is well suited to many of the objectives investigated through zooarchaeological analyses. This paper aims at presenting the field of palaeogenomics, particularly in its application to zooarchaeological questions. While it does not seek for exhaustivity, it focuses on practical issues, hoping to promote trans-disciplinary dialogues. The authors begin with a presentation of the nature of aDNA and the main taphonomic pathways leading to its differential preservation. Then the authors offer a brief historical review of the aDNA techniques, from the early discoveries of 1984–1985 to the advent of next generation sequencing and high throughput approaches at the beginning of the 21st century. The aurhors describe the main challenges of aDNA research in recent years as it needs to adapt to a new range of methods and how the study of animal remains has been impacted. Finally, the authors highlight the main outcomes of the application of aDNA to describe animals and their populations and future lines of research that could be explored.


zooarchaeologypalaeogenomicsdomesticationtranslocationbiodiversityancient DNA

About the author(s)

Aurélie Manin. PhD, Postdoctoral researcher, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. 1 South Park Road. Oxford OX1 3TG. UK;

Ophélie Lebrasseur. PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool. 12–14 Abercromby Square. Liverpool, L69

7WZ. UK; GCRF One Health Regional Network for the Horn of Africa (HORN) Project, Liverpool Science Park IC2 Building, 146 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L3 5RF. UK; ophelie.