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DNA-based sex determination in children and undeterminable skeletal remains from burial site The South Outer Precinct



Year of publication 2009
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Science

Description The South Outer Precinct is the second largest burial site that was discovered at Pohansko. It is dated approximately to 9-10th century. Bone material was excavated during a rescue archaeological research in the period of 1975–1979. The skeletal remains from The South Outer Precinct are badly preserved, the bones are fragmentary and in most cases unidentifiable. Of the 190 skeletons, only 27 were determined as male, 40 as female and 87 as children. The sex of the remaining 36 skeletons was impossible to define by standard anthropological methods. The aim of this study was to determine the sex of children’s and unidentified skeletons using methods of polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Two common sex markers (the amelogenin gene and the SRY gene) were used. The results give new information about the demography of this burial site.
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