Postgraduate Course: Archaeogenetics (PGHC11307)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Archaeogenetics is a topical and burgeoning field in archaeological investigation. It involves the study of ancient and modern DNA samples to deduce past human evolution and activity. The Archaeogenetics course provides an overview of molecular biology and genetics, associated laboratory techniques and analytical methods and how these are applied to archaeological research. Consideration is also given to the practical problems of ancient DNA recovery and the theoretical problems associated with the interpretation of Palaeogenetic data.
An introduction to the historical development of the discipline is presented with reference to the role of archaeogenetics in understanding human evolution and the innovation and spread of agriculture. This is expanded upon with a wider consideration of the application of archaeogenetics to questions of ?acculturation? and ?population movement? models of culture change, which have pervaded archaeological thought for the past 150 years.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
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| On completion of the course students will have acquired a knowledge and understanding of:
- the principal methods and techniques employed in modern and ancient population genetics and archaeogenetics;
- the historical development of the discipline and its current application in archaeology; and
- the ability to critically evaluate methodology and theory in current archaeogenetic research.
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|Course organiser||Dr Catriona Pickard
Tel: (0131 6)50 2372
|Course secretary||Ms Rosie Edwards