Archaeological Fantasies and the genetic history of the Americas

We recently had Jennifer Raff on the Podcast (it went live Monday). This is a repost from her excellent blog where she talks about her paper that we mentioned in the show.

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The excellent podcast Archaeological Fantasies recently had me on as a guest for a wide ranging discussion on genetics. We covered everything from the genetic prehistory of the Americas to issues surrounding ancestry testing companies. Here’s a link to the episode (apologies for the fact that I kept cutting in and out–apparently our university wireless connection isn’t very good).

Since so much of our discussion focused on haplogroup X2a and models for ancient American prehistory, I decided to break from the normal tradition here at VM and actually re-publish a post to make it easier for people to get answers to any questions they might have. And if you have specific questions about content from the podcast, please feel free to leave them in the comments on this post.

This post was originally published last year to address some questions that Deborah Bolnick and I were getting about our paper…

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  1. Thank you! This is a fantastic presentation, explanation of genetic markers of ancient Americans.
    I am a card holding Cherokee. Maybe you know what I’m saying already. My great grandpa was in Tahlequa in 1903 (approx)
    I have copies of documents and letters. He was given land grants for each of his children and a Cherokee tribal number. My mom and her siblings grew up on that farm. I lived there as a child. As you said it doesn’t matter what your blood sample shows. Your ancestor needed to be in Tahlequah to register before 1907 when Indian territory became Oklahoma…


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