Mitochondrial DNA analysis

Mitochondrial DNA analysis

The aim of this initial ancient DNA analysis was two-fold. Firstly, to assess the biomolecular preservation and the presence of endogenous ancient DNA in a representative number of samples and tissues from the remains found at Palace Green. Secondly, to try to match skeletal elements found in the same trench that were suspected to belong to the same individual during excavation but that came back with very different age assessments during osteological analysis.

Palaeopathology and Scurvy

Palaeopathology and Scurvy

The various medical conditions suffered by the Scottish Soldiers is one area that we have investigated in quite a lot of detail. We have already blogged about some of the dental problems the soldiers suffered from and about the work being done in York looking at dental plaque. In today’s post we are going to look at scurvy, which is something we think some of the soldiers may have suffered from.