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 months the students will hear a lot of people active in the field lecture about their topics. Mehmet Somel will talk about the Neolithisation, Tom Gilbert will talk about ancient RNA, Pete Heintzman will talk about sediment DNA, Torsten Günther will talk about hunter-gatherer demography, Ludovic Orlando and Catarina Ginja will talk about domestication, Agnar Helgason about what has happened the latest 1000 years, and Charlotta Hedenstierna-Jonson will talk about Vikings and archaeogenetics from an archaeological perspective. And there is much more, many more interesting lectures.

One interesting thing I noticed is a tidal turn. Up till now there has been more archaeologists than biologists on this course, but this year it is the other way around. The majority of the students are from biology. A nice particular with the course is that parts of it is available as a Ph.D. course. A Ph.D. student who attends a part of the course will get credits for it (from our part, in most cases this must be OKed from the students home-department too I think). Anyway, a nice winter is coming up, with several old friends visiting as lecturers on our PGHP course.

The PGHP course has started