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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.

African Burying Ground New Hampshire

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

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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