We study ancient DNA to understand human evolution, mobility, and disease in prehistory.
The human species and the diseases we encounter are the products of millions of years of evolution.
We are using highly sensitive techniques in a specialized laboratory to extract and analyse DNA from ancient skeletal material so that we can understand the people and animal populations of the past. Our findings are helping us to unpick how humans and other species have moved and evolved over time, and uncovering some of the driving forces for change.
We are exploring key episodes in human evolution and prehistory, such as the development of farming, and are building a picture of the diversity of human populations in the past, to see how they relate to people living all over the world today.
We hope to use what we learn about human societies and health over the past thousands of years to give us insights into the future.