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Thu 24 Mar 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Ancient DNA in the time of Stonehenge image

What can ancient DNA tell us about how people lived in the time of Stonehenge?
From diet to migration, the study of ancient DNA is providing new information about the lives of those in the Stonehenge landscape and beyond. In this event, chaired by Andrew Fitzpatrick, we hear from experts in this field:
Tom Booth will briefly discuss what we have learnt from the analysis of DNA from skeletons found in the Stonehenge landscape; and how they fit into national patterns of genetic change we see at the beginning of the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The patterns of genetic ancestry and relatedness among these burials, including certain groups of close relatives, throw up questions about who was responsible for the various phases of Stonehenge and why they chose to remodel parts of the monument.
Joanna Brück will talk about some of the challenges of reconciling the archaeological and genetic evidence for the period, exploring how genetic ancestry and social identity intersected in complex and variable ways.
Read our blog(Opens in new window) and find out more about the ancient stone circle from Jennifer Wexler, Project Curator of The world of Stonehenge exhibition.
This event is part of the public programme accompanying The world of Stonehenge at the British Museum (17 February – 17 July).
Please note that the presentations will contain images of human remains. The Museum is committed to curating the human remains in its collection with care, respect and dignity. The Museum has developed a policy that outlines the principles governing the respectful and lawful holding, display, study and care of human remains in the Museum’s collection.