Meetings at the exit of 2019

This was a week full of meetings, meetings to conclude the year. The first one was the ATLAS days, this time closer to Stockholm than usual, in Saltsjöbaden. For two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, we met and went over what is going on within the program. This time the lion-part of the presentations were from…

Multitasking

PGHP is of course a course and nothing else. But since we have a constant stream of really cool people coming in and lecturing on it, we can use it for more things. Or rather, these people lecturing, they can do other things while they are here. Katerina Douka from Jena was visiting yesterday to…

Days in Umeå

Exploring human history and genealogy through DNA, that is a meeting happening in Umeå in northern Sweden now. It is a meeting organized by Skytteanska Samfundet with the intention to bring ancient DNA and genealogy together (here the genealogy is moderated by Karin Bojs). Yesterday was the aDNA day, and besides me, Martin Sikora, Helena…

Arctic foxes, modern laboratories, and broken milk boilers

Three days ago Petter Larsson published a study on the Scandinavian arctic foxes and their mitogenetic makeup over time. I was lucky to be a small part of this study. It rests on mitochondrial data from 31 new ancient and historic animals. Most of these arctic foxes were of a Scandinavian historic origin, but a…

PGHP, the tide is turning

An intense week it is. One of the fun things that is happening is that the PGHP course started. It took off with Dave Stanton giving an introduction to ancient DNA, and today the students are starting out on laboratory work with some of the materials Love Dalén is working on. Over the next few…

Running projects and running trails in Ankara

Several years of collaboration with Mehmet Somel at METU in Ankara has produced a number of ongoing projects. This time in Ankara we tried to get an overview of what we actually have going on, how far the various projects are, and what we can push over the finish line. And people involved in the…

“I’ve got Friday on my mind”

“Hey Anders, come over now on Friday to SciLife and say a few things about what you are doing and ADF and stuff like that. Let’s meet on Friday afternoon at two o’clock.” It was Lars Hammaström who contacted me about a small science discussion with representation from Stockholm Science City and the Ax:son Johnson…

Teaching and recruiting

There, a full week of teaching ancient DNA on the archaeology course behind me. The history of ancient DNA, our basic tools such as PMD, PCAs, D-stat, F-stat, ADMIXTURE, and some metagenomics and paleopathology, some ethics, and some independent work on published articles. When I was whining about this incredible work-load, Anna Linderholm who is…

Arkeologiforum and the naturalization of ancient DNA

Arkeologiforum was arranged by Populär Arkeologi today. Populär Arkeologi is a part of Vetenskapsmedia i Sverige AB, a family that also includes Forskning och Framsteg, Språk, Modern Psykologi, and Fokus. I have been engaged by them previously, and always been impressed with their professionalism and how informative and still entertaining they manage to get their…

Diagenetic activities in Copenhagen

Time and space, two things bound to certain laws. One of them is that there is never enough of either. To be able to examine Anne Marie Høier Eriksen’s Ph.D. thesis “Bone Diagenesis – The effect of depositional environments on bone degradation” and still make FoFs archaeology-day tomorrow I ended up on a quick return…

Bergsgraven and the evolution of aDNA studies

A quarter of a century ago, 25 years ago, I started to work on the Neolithic burial known as “Bergsgraven”. A Scandinavian Battle Axe burial with an adult male, an adult female, a baby, and a dog in it. And wow did I get some results! I was checking if they were a nuclear family,…

Aiming for the really old world

I was called in to a meeting a few days ago. When I arrived, there was a good friend who is working with documentaries (Henrik Silver), a leader from the enterprise sphere with a lot of experience from Asia and Africa (Marcus Skinnar), and an archaeologist active in Africa (Mohammed Mohammed). “We walked in to…