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Assessment and Reflection on the Ethical Dimensions of Archaeogenetics Research



Chapter 1: Stakeholders and access to human remains

Chapter 2: Destructive sampling on archaeological remains

Chapter 3: Limitations of interpreting genetic data in light of human identity


Chapter 4: Results about the human past can have an impact on the human present and future, and must be carefully communicated

Chapter 5: Many disciplines study the human past, and interactions across disciplines are challenging because they have different intellectual histories, approaches/viewpoints, and terminology

Chapter 6: Data Sharing, Open Access and Computational Reproducibility


  • 18.01.2021 (Version 0.1.0): This is the initial release.
  • 11.02.2021 (Version 0.1.1): Some changes in response to comments. In particular changed "community of origin" to "community of interest".
  • 15.04.2021 (Version 0.2.0): Added Chapter 2
  • 19.08.2021 (Version 0.3.0): Added Chapter 3
  • 17.01.2023 (Version 0.3.1): added links to references in chapter 2 and 3, update to MPI-EVA affiliations

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