The Molecule Hunt: Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNA

The Molecule Hunt Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNA A revolution is underway in archaeology For the first time the molecular record of past life entombed for millennia in archaeological and geological material has become widely accessible to science

  • Title: The Molecule Hunt: Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNA
  • Author: Martin Jones
  • ISBN: 9780713994230
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A revolution is underway in archaeology For the first time the molecular record of past life, entombed for millennia in archaeological and geological material, has become widely accessible to science Miraculous seeming techniques now allow ancient remains to speak volumes about a past we thought lost For twenty five years, Martin Jones s work has involved shifting the A revolution is underway in archaeology For the first time the molecular record of past life, entombed for millennia in archaeological and geological material, has become widely accessible to science Miraculous seeming techniques now allow ancient remains to speak volumes about a past we thought lost For twenty five years, Martin Jones s work has involved shifting the emphasis within archaeology from inert material objects to fragments of the living, breathing past The Molecule Hunt uses Jones s perspective at the forefront of bio archaeology to show how pioneering science is rewriting human history.

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    1. Originally published on my blog here in June 2007.In the last two or three decades, modern scientific advances have led to a revolution in archaeology, much of which will be to an extent familiar to watchers of TV shows such as Time Team, which make extensive use of techniques from geophysics to investigate remains which are still buried. But the biggest change is probably due to the use of biochemistry to find out more about the minutiae of past lives and shed new light on long standing questio [...]

    2. Provides some very interesting insight into bioarchaeology as practiced today as well as how it got started and developed over the past several decades. I was able to follow the subject matter fairly easily as it was presented in an engaging and interesting way. I have recently become interested in everything about DNA and found this book quite informative.My only complaint is the text of the e book edition from Barnes & Noble was obviously not proofread as there are a lot of errors, especia [...]

    3. In the last three or so decades, modern scientific advances have led to a revolution in archaeology, arguable with the most significant change due to the use of biochemistry to shed more light on long standing questions. In this enjoyable and informative book, Martin Jones show how the use of molecular analysis techniques has revealed information previously assumed to be indeterminate. Martin Jones takes a look as such diverse subjects as the origins of plant cultivation, the origins of animal h [...]

    4. I got this book from the library in the hopes of learning more about ancient human DNA, but was pleasantly surprised by discussions of all sorts of ancient molecules (anything leftover from grain or blood or plants). It's sad that this book is already over ten years old now, and I can't even imagine how much biomolecular archaeology has progressed in that time, but I still feel like I gained a lot of valuable knowledge here. It is an excellent, engaging read for anyone who wants to know more abo [...]

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