Friday, October 31, 2014

Ancient Bronze Age M4 DNA

DNA from an ancient hair sample obtained from the Borum Eshøj Bronze Age burial in Denmark. The burial comprised three individuals in oak coffins, commonly referred to as the woman,• ”the young man,• and the old man.• The M4 sample is from the latter. The site was excavated in 1871-1875 and the coffins dated to c.1350 BC. I converted the M4 raw data into formats familiar to genetic genealogists (or genotyped). I also filtered with SNPs tested by DNA testing companies like FTDNA, 23andMe and Ancestry in order to upload to GEDMatch but found the ancient DNA has less SNPs that are common with them. Hence, I did not upload to GEDMatch.

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Reference:
Carpenter, Meredith L., Jason D. Buenrostro, Cristina Valdiosera, Hannes Schroeder, Morten E. Allentoft, Martin Sikora, Morten Rasmussen et al. "Pulling out the 1%: whole-genome capture for the targeted enrichment of ancient DNA sequencing libraries." The American Journal of Human Genetics 93, no. 5 (2013): 852-864.

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