Dental Calculus as an Alternate Source of Mitochondrial DNA for Analysis of Skeletal Remains
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Anthropology and Museum Studies
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is widely used in st udies of affinities among living peoples and prehistoric populations represented by skeletal remains excavated at archaeological sites. Although many Indian groups see the utility of using mtDNA analysis as a means of connecting past and present, cultural norms regarding treatment of human remains prevent the use of destructive techniques in obtaining DNA. In this paper we discuss the utility of using dental calculus collected from a number of individuals comprising a pre-contact burial site (CA-SOL-357; A.D. 600-1000) as a possible source of mtDNA.
Black, J., Kerr, S., Henebry-DeLeon, L., & Lorenz, J.G. (2011). Dental Calculus as an Alternate Source of Mitochondrial DNA for Analysis of Skeletal Remains. Proceedings of the Society for California Archaeology, 25.
Proceedings of the Society for California Archaeology