Genetic insights into the Maritime Archaic and Beothuk populations of Newfoundland

New research using ancient DNA has revealed the genetic discontinuity of the Maritime Archaic and Beothuk populations of Newfoundland. The collaborative work of an interdisciplinary team, which included Memorial researchers Dr. Vaughan Grimes and recent Archaeology graduate Alison Harris, suggests that the island was populated multiple times by distinct groups in the past.

The results of the research are available from the open access journal Current Biology.

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Broken Bones: Sailors' skeletons are the research focus of Banting Fellow

Dr. Madeleine Mant is the recipient of Memorial's first Banting post-doctoral fellowship to be housed in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr. Mant's research will examine the lives and deaths of 18th- and 19th-century sailors through the study of their skeletal remains.

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CFI funding award supports environmental archaeological science

A new collaboration between Dr. Meghan Burchell and Dr. Kris Poduska has been recognized with an award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The funding will be used to establish a laboratory with state of the art equipment to increase research capacity in microscopy, petrography and chemical characterization studies.

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