Department of Archaeogenetics
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
phone: +49 (0)341 3550 - 500
fax: +49 (0)341 3550 - 555
Director: Prof. Dr. Johannes Krause
The Department of Archaeogenetics utilizes the recent advances in molecular approaches on biomolecules, such as stable isotope research and genome wide DNA sequencing, to uncover an entirely new spectrum of information that can be retrieved from sample repositories such as anthropological and archaeological collections. It is now possible to obtain detailed information about genetic relationships, geographical origin, selective processes or genetic structure of historical and prehistorical human, plant, animal or even pathogen populations using only miniscule samples.
The Department of Archaeogenetics is currently moving from the MPI for the Science of Human History in Jena to the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.