Ancient DNA: Mediterranean Pathogens and Mobility
Hosted by Max Planck Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean
Since 2010, ancient DNA has transformed our knowledge of the human past. So far, most insights have been restricted to “pre-history” – the period prior to the time of writing – and to northern regions where DNA preserves better. Now the latest methods are beginning to be applied in warm climates, and to the rise of civilization in the Ancient Mediterranean.
A major new center for the study of the Ancient Mediterranean using ancient DNA and other related scientific methods (e.g., isotopic, spatial, radiocarbon, paleoenvironmental approaches) is organizing groundbreaking interdisciplinary research on ancient pathogens and mobility. The Max Planck Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean (MHAAM) is a platform to engage and involve the greater community towards discovering new data which will provoke us to rethink and revise many of our contemporary perspectives on cultural engagement, migration and human health history. Join MHAAM at this Inaugural Meeting where we’ll present initial findings and mark this exciting new collaborative venture between the Max Planck Society and the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard (SoHP).