Genetics has revolutionised our understanding of the human past, uncovering the details of our evolution as well as the complexities of our more recent history. By analysing genetic data alongside cultural and linguistic data, we address the following broad research questions:
- How or where do genetic histories match those from archaeology and historical linguistics?
- What kind of cultural processes create or maintain genetic diversity?
- How can we best integrate genetic inferences with those from other historical sciences?
We develop and apply a range of methods from across population genetics, cultural evolution and gene-culture coevolution to build unified models of human history. We integrate modern DNA data from targeted fieldwork projects in Mali, Peru and Vanuatu, ancient DNA data generated with collaborators in the Department of Archaeogenetics, and linguistic and cultural data from colleagues in the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution.
Projects exploring Genes, Language, Culture: