Georgia, where so much began

Georgia is good for many things, including wine and history. And archaeogenetics of course. Archaeogenetics takes you around the globe. And Georgia has a geographical location somewhere in-between Europe and Asiat that makes it a demographic hot-spot. Humans have been coming here since they left Africa, and it is no coincidence that the oldest human remains from outside Africa are from Georgia. Those particular remains are naturally not an issue for archaeogenetics (the oldest known ancient DNA is much younger than those remains). But there are interesting topics to study with genetics relating to basically every chronology in the area that includes anatomically modern humans. Natalya was visiting our colleagues at the State Medical University last week to discuss where our methods would be most relevant and make most sense.