Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ancient Human Genomics. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers led by Dr. Eva Fernandez-Dominguez at Durham University to work in the Leverhulme Research Project “What’s in a house?: exploring the kinship structure of the world’s first houses”. Around 12,000 years ago in the Middle East, humans started cultivating cereals and domesticating animals and adopted a sedentary lifestyle. In the archaeological record, this process is recognised by the appearance of the first permanent house structures and an increase in the settlement size. Using a combination of two scientific methods: ancient DNA and mobility isotopes, we aim to answer the following research questions: How were individuals buried beneath the first Neolithic houses related biologically? How were the individuals beneath each house related to those buried in the preceding and succeeding phases? What is the evidence for individual/group biological interaction between houses? To what extent do changes in house architecture reflect changes in kin organisation? What is the relationship between the individuals interred in the house and those found outside domestic structures and public buildings?
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