The Illinois State Archaeological Survey is currently in the process of analyzing human remains recovered from the Janey B. Goode (JBG) and East St. Louis (ESTL) archaeological sites. Located in the American Bottom, both sites were excavated as part of therecent New Mississippi River Bridge project. Preservation of the remains ranged from poor to good, and stable isotopic and radiocarbon dating of the burials is currently underway. In order to assess the feasibility of ancient DNA research that could lead to insights on Mississippian health, kinship, and population history, we extracted DNA from a preliminary sample of human teeth from both JBG and ESTL. DNA amplification was 90% successful and we were able to assign each individual to one of the five majorNative American mitochondrial haplogroups. Our preliminary data are presented, and goals of the larger project are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||MAC, Midwest Archaeological Conference|
|State||Published - 2013|