Gotland is a really nice place if you want to spend a day at the beach, keep a bee culture and make honey (they make some really good honey on Gotland), participate in a medieval festival, or if you want to do archaeogenetics. This little island has yielded ancient DNA for a number of decently sized archaeogenetic studies since Jennifer Leonard published her views on horse domestication more than 15 years ago. As it is the same person who make the tasty honey and do the Gotlandic archaeogenetics at the moment (Magdalena Frazer), you may conclude that the base for why Gotland is so great is the same for at least these two. But the limestone bedrock that seems to preserve bones, and the DNA within them, so well probably has little to do with the bees and the flowers and the honey. However, DNA there is, and a lot of it. And although I like to keep some Gotlandic honey in my kitchen, we probably have much more ancient DNA than I have honey from there at the moment.
Today was much about what to do with all this Gotlandic ancient DNA. And we actually came up with a plan for it. Magdalena is already important to this piece of work, but now it seems as if Gulsah will be a key person on it as well. And of course, the two gentlemen in the room (Jan Storå and Mattias Jakobsson) as well as the one behind the camera (Anders Götherström), are not likely to be able to keep their fingers out of the honey-pot that this ancient Gotlandic DNA is.
Jan, Magdalena, Mattias, and Gulsah, all on the Gotland-case