RESEARCH PROJECTS

ANCIENT GENOMICS OF THE LEVANT

At the crossroad between Africa, Asia and Europe, the Levant is of particular interest for the study of ancient human populations - as it has served as a major corridor for migrations throughout human evolution, and is one of the earliest centres of agriculture in the world. We study prehistoric and proto-historic Levantine populations, by recovering DNA of ancient individuals from skeletal remains and from sediments deposited at archaeological sites. To do so, we implement and pursue the development of methodology suited to face the challenges of DNA preservation over time in warm climates.

ANCIENT DNA FROM SEDIMENTS

The ability to recover ancient DNA from sediment provides the possibility to study the genomes of ancient humans even in the absence of their physical remains, and to study the environment in which they lived. We strive to develop laboratory and analytical techniques to improve the usability of sediments as a source of  genetic data.

CATCHING EVOLUTION IN ACTION

Ancient DNA data are a key resource to study evolutionary history, as they allow to observe genetic changes as these happened in the past. We will leverage ancient genetic information to gain insights into evolutionary processes that shaped human biology.

ON THE HUNT FOR NEW SITES

We participate in archaeological surveys, with the goal of identifying new prehistoric sites. Our first survey, between the sites of Qesem Cave, Jaljulya and Eyal junction, is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Ella Assaf (Tel Aviv University) and Dr. Francesca Romagnoli (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

 

NEW COLLABORATIONS

We are actively looking to establish collaborations with archaeologists, physical anthropologists and other experts

in pre- and proto-historical research on a variety of topics.

Interested? Please contact viviane@tauex.tau.ac.il