24 November 2021

Archaeology online: The genetic prehistory of Britain

Join Dr Tom Booth for our November Archaeology Online lecture and find out about the genetic prehistory of Britain.

Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have meant that the analysis of DNA from ancient humans (ancient DNA) has gone from something extraordinary to a routine practise within a decade.

This means that we now have genetic information from hundreds of ancient people who lived in Britain over the last 10,000 years. The majority of these people date to prehistory, and their DNA has provided new insight into the prehistoric inhabitants of Britain. In particular, these data has highlighted the significant role of migration in influencing cultural change and human genetic variation in British prehistory.

This talk will discuss what we have learned so far from the genetics of the prehistoric inhabitants of Britain, and where future studies of ancient DNA are likely to take us.

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Booth is a Senior Laboratory Research Scientist in the Ancient Genomics Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute. Thomas has spent the last 7 years sampling ancient skeletons from Britain for DNA analysis to look at genetic change and natural selection over the last 10,000 years. He is currently working on a Wellcome Trust-funded project which aims to sequence 1000 high-quality ancient genomes from Britain.

How to take part

Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 3pm on Wednesday 24 November.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. All guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.

Image: Trustees of the British Museum