Ancient DNA for the Archaeologist: The Future of African Research

Michael G. Campana, Mim A. Bower, Pam J. Crabtree

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    Ancient DNA analyses are increasingly popular in archaeology. With the exception of Egypt, the African continent has been grossly understudied using these techniques. We review the state of ancient DNA research on Africa, ancient DNA analysis techniques, and common pitfalls in these studies. We provide recommendations for archaeologists interested in collecting and interpreting ancient DNA data.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)21-37
    Number of pages17
    JournalAfrican Archaeological Review
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 2013


    • Africa
    • Ancient DNA
    • Archaeology
    • Egypt

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Archaeology
    • Archaeology


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