The Genetic Prehistory of Britain : Dr Tom Booth, Francis Crick Institute : Wednesday 24 November 2021, 7.30pm

Dr. Thomas Booth, Senior Laboratory Research Scientist in the Ancient Genomics Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute will be giving a free Zoom lecture on “The Genetic Prehistory of Britain” for BACAS in partnership with two other societies, Bristol and Avon (BAAS) and Bristol and Gloucestershire (BGAS), and Bristol Museum. The talk will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th November 2021. Tickets are FREE.

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The Genetic Prehistory of Britain

Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have meant that the analysis of DNA from ancient humans (ancient DNA) has gone from something extraordinary to a routine practise within a decade.

This means that we now have genetic information from hundreds of ancient people who lived in Britain over the last 10,000 years. The majority of these people date to prehistory, and their DNA has provided new insight into the prehistoric inhabitants of Britain. In particular, these data has highlighted the significant role of migration in influencing cultural change and human genetic variation in British prehistory.

This talk will discuss what we have learned so far from the genetics of the prehistoric inhabitants of Britain, and where future studies of ancient DNA are likely to take us.

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Booth is a Senior Laboratory Research Scientist in the Ancient Genomics Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute. Tom has spent the last 7 years sampling ancient skeletons from Britain for DNA analysis to look at genetic change and natural selection over the last 10,000 years. He is currently working on a Wellcome Trust-funded project which aims to sequence 1000 high-quality ancient genomes from Britain.

Archaeology Online

This talk is part of Archaeology Online, a new series of monthly digital talks brought to you by BACAS, Bristol Museums, Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society and Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. Places are limited to 300, but members of BACAS and the other societies get a few days to register before the general public, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Booking will open soon for the next talk :

  • Wed 26 Jan 2022 – Isca: the Roman legionary fortress at Caerleon, Dr Peter Guest