Reconstructing ‘Ava’ Based on DNA: Achavanich Beaker Burial Project

Today, I chat once again with Maya Hoole of the Achavanich Beaker Burial Project. Together with her colleague Hew Morrison, they reconstructed the face of a Bronze Age woman who has come to be known as Ava. Recent research has added further details to the reconstruction, Ava’s DNA has given her a whole new look!

News Links:

One of Scotland’s first migrants had dark hair, brown eyes and was lactose-intolerant, skeleton DNA test reveals:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/scotland-skeleton-immigrant-dna-ava-archaeology-natural-history-museum-caithness-a8666361.html

Achavanich Beaker Burial Project: Website:

Re-introducing Ava

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/achavanichbeakerburial/

Papers:

Society of Antiquaries Scotland::

http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/10106

The Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe:

https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25738?fbclid=IwAR2uLNDtE-25T4NbShyQN8uhyOGwKE5kcpks-IyvaTmi9AGW-ur9qhrQM80

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