Science and Archaeology Seminar

November 6th 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Theis gave a presentation on "The Animality of Prehistoric Bone Points" where he talked about his work on identifying animals from worked bone using ZooMS.

AK also presented her talk "Domestication and Dietary Adaptations of Dogs" where she spoke of some of the changes brought on by domestication and how they might be investigated using biomolecular technology.

Oceans Past Initiative

October 22-26th in Bremerhaven, Germany

Xénia Keighley presented a talk on 'Hunting Ancient Walrus Genomes', with an updated phylogeny based off mitochondrial genomes that will inform a paper currently in prep. Xénia also chaired a special session on 'Paleoecology of the subarctic seas: high latitude climates, oceans, ecosystems and human histories'

Symposium on Human/Canid Relationships

October 1st to 3rd 2018 in Pessac, France

Tatiana Feuerborn presented a remote talk to the Canid/Human Relationship Symposium titled "Friends in High Places: An integrated examination of the long-term relationship between humans and dogs in the Arctic".

ISBA 2018 (International Symposium for Biomolecular Archaeology)

Several ArchSci2020 students attended this year's ISBA 18-21st Septmber, in Jena, Germany. Tatiana Feuerborn, Jonas Niemann and Manon Bondetti gave oral presentations. Eden Richards-Slidel, Maiken Hemme Bro-Jørgensen, Jack Dury, Alison Harris and Xénia Keighley (Weber) presented posters.

Tatiana gave a talk entitled "Friends in High Places: An integrated examination of the long-term relationship between humans and dogs in the Arctic".

Jonas presented a talk with the title "Reconstructing the unique genetic history of the Japanese wolves".

Manon presented a talk titled "Multiple criteria for the detection of plant resources processed in hunter-gatherer pottery vessels from the O–MAR–06 Upper Volga, Russia".

Eden presented a poster "Sex-specific protein markers as a tool for exploring animal domestication".

Alison presented a poster "A compound specific isotope approach to breastfeeding and weaning in archaeological populations".

Maiken presented a poster "Ancient genomics of the Baltic harp seal".

Xenia presented a poster "Hunting four thousand years of walrus genomes across the Atlantic Arctic".

Jack presented a poster "Consideration of freshwater and multiple marine reservoir effects – dating of individuals with mixed diets from Northern Sweden".

Undergraduate lectures 2018

On the 10th of October 2018 Xénia Keighley (Weber) lectured first year undergraduate archaeology students at Groningen University about Hunting Ancient Atlantic Walruses: developing a historical ecology of Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus.

On the 12th of March 2018 Xénia Keighley (Weber) lectured undergraduate biology students at the University of Copenhagen about Hunting Walrus Genomes: the effect of exploitation on modern, historic and ancient Atlantic walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus).

Ancient Proteins@20

Archsci2020 student Eden Richards-Slidel, along with ArchSci2020 PI's Matthew Collins and Enrico Cappellini, organised the vicennial Ancient Proteins Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. Experts from all over the globe gathered in Copenhagen to discuss Ancient Proteins. The meeting was a great success with some interesting talks from many great names of the ancient protein world. The main sessions were Proteins in Cultural Heritage, Proteins in Archaeology and Amino acids and proteins in the fossil record.

Trans-Siberian Neolithic Workshop

ArchSci2020 PI, Peter Jordan organised The Trans-Siberian Neolithic international workshop from the 26th-28th of March 2018 in Groningen. The workshop was attended by several ArchSci2020 members including: Oliver Craig, Manon Bondetti, Madison Holly Llewellin, Özge Demirci and Jack Dury with multiple presentations by the ArchSci2020 team.

Undergraduate lectures 2017

On the 23rd of October 2017 Tatiana Feuerborn lectured undergraduate science students at Stockholm University about DNA Studies of Ancient Dogs and Wolves.

Bone Diagenesis Conference

Alison Harris presented at the Bone Diagenesis conference in Oxford, U.K., in September 2017.


Manon Bondetti went to the European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC) in Bordeaux in September 2017. Here she presented a poster, "Understanding the use of early containers at Zamostje 2, Central Russia, through organic residue analysis".

EAA Maastricht 2017

The European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) conference took place in Maastricht from 30th August to 3rd September. Here Mariana Muñoz-Rodriguez and Maiken Hemme Bro-Jørgensen each gave a presentation.

Proteomics Bioinformatics

In July 2017, Anne Kathrine W. Runge presented the outline, research questions, and intended outcomes of her revised project at the poster session associated with the Proteomics Bioinformatics course at EBI/Wellcome Genome in Cambridge, U.K. The poster received a good amount of attention as it was the only ancient proteomics project among the attendees, most of whom worked in medical research and had not previously considered the possibility of extracting and analysing ancient proteins.

Radiocarbon and Diet conference

In June 2017, Alison Harris, Madison Holly Llewellin, Özge Demirci, and Jack Dury attended the Radiocarbon and Diet conference in Aarhus, Denmark.

Here Alison presented a poster titled "A Preliminary Study of Aboriginal Palaeodiet on Prince Edward Island, Canada".

Jack also presented a poster, "Dealing with multiple reservoir effects in human skeletal remains from Rounala, northern Sweden".

U.K. Archaeological Science conference 2017

In April 2017 Alison Harris, Jack Dury, Anne-Marijn Snaaijer, Theis Z. T. Jensen and Anne Kathrine W. Runge attended the U. K. Archaeological Science (UKAS) conference at University College London, U. K.

Alison gave a presentation with the title "Biomolecular Archaeology Study of Prehistoric Populations in Newfoundland and Labrador".

Theis presented a poster, " Species Identification of Mesolithic Bone Revealed by Ancient Proteins."

Anne Kathrine also presented a poster with the title "Identification of Dietary Reads in Complex Metagenomic Samples" outlining some of the challenges related to confidently assigning ancient genomic sequences to the correct taxa using standard similarity search programs.

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