Kinship in megalithic tombs

So is it finally published, the paper on kinship in Neolithic megalithic tombs. I did my archaeological training in the early 90-ies, and Carrowmore as well as Ansarve has been with me since the second year of that training. A kinship study on these tombs has been among the top things on my academic wish list since then. It is fun to have been a part of this study. We were several who participated and provided to the study. I was in it, more so Janne Storå, and even more so Mattias Jakobsson, and many more. Thus, it is a “1000 ancient genomes” publication, as well as an ATLAS publication. However, it is important to stress that the people who really made this happen was Federico Sanchez-Quinto, Helena Malmström, and Magdalena Fraser. They pulled most weight.

There is a demographic signal connecting the individuals from the studied megalithic tombs on Ireland, in Scotland, and on Gotland, and to some extant with Iberia. There is an interesting hunter gatherer Y chromosome in the tombs. But what I find most interesting is the kinship as seen by READ and the Y chromosomes within the tombs, and even between two of them: Carrowmore and in Primrose Grange. Two tombs close to one another, but yet two different tombs. These people belonged to a part of society that was kin-based on the paternal side. I really like that Federico, Helena, and Magdalena now are moving beyond the larger demography and brings us one step closer to the actual society.


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