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African Burial Ground DNA testing underway

DNA testing underway on Portsmouth African Burying Ground remains

Portsmouth New Hampshire

PORTSMOUTH -- Per approval of the city’s African Burying Ground Stewardship Committee, two sets of remains from the historic 1700s site will undergo genome sequencing and forensic genealogical analysis -- an effort to learn more about the lives led by these individuals, with a remote possibility of finding living descendants today.

The City Council this week authorized the expenditure of up to $10,450 from the African Burying Ground Trust to conduct the DNA sequencing project, which is already underway in partnership with Othram, a Texas-based laboratory that applies cutting-edge genomics to forensics to deliver full genome insight from degraded and low-input DNA samples.

At a November meeting, the African Burying Ground Stewardship Committee authorized sending the pulverized bone and teeth fragments from two separate burials for analysis, a decision made as a result of several meetings featuring the input of University of New Hampshire anthropology professors, the Independent Archaeological Associates, state archaeologist and descendant community.

https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20200208/dna-testing-underway-on-portsmouth-african-burying-ground-remains

African Burying Ground New Hampshire
http://www.africanburyinggroundnh.org/summary.html

the results are going to be fascinating! :) t.b.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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