Ancient DNA from Angel Mounds

Charla Marshall, Frederika A. Kaestle

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This article summarizes an ancient DNA (aDNA) analysis of 100 burials from the Mississippian Angel Mounds site. Although the DNA recovery rate was poor (25%), a number of interesting results were revealed through this project. The maternal genetic status of the "conjoined twins" and female immigrants to Angel Mounds was determined, a relatively rare mitochondrial haplogroup (C4c) was identified, and evidence of regional gene flow was identified. DNA degradation was attributed to the sun drying of human remains during the excavations at Angel Mounds. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology is the property of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259--268
JournalMidcontinental Journal of Archaeology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


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