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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Molecular Archaeology Group

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We understand how this disruption of service has impacted your research and we are continuing essential projects.

MAG Emblem 2.1.1The Molecular Archaeology Group (MAG) at UW-Madison applies molecular techniques to biological remains and material artifacts in the archaeological record to explore interfaces between cultural and biological environments. The unique outlook of MAG allows researchers to investigate questions that capture cross-disciplinary interest in archaeology, biochemistry, genetics and evolution, connecting laboratory science and cultural heritage. From identifying proteins in Trojan pottery sherds to reconstructing ancient human pathogen genomes, ongoing projects in MAG use the archaeological record to gain deeper biological insights into the past, impacting our understanding of the behaviors of previous cultures, as well as the evolution of organisms both living and extinct.


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