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22 Genetic Analysis of Selected Graves from the Cemetery

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Skeletal material from graves Nos. E58, E63, E864/I, E870, and E37 was chosen for genetic analysis. Two other graves belonged to females: E870 and E37 (buried in the fetal position). Three independent DNA extractions were performed for each bone but at different times allowing confirmation that the genetic data were obtained based on a given sample and helped to avoid contamination. In this study, relatedness values calculated using both methods (Queller and Goodnight's coefficient and Lynch and Ritland's estimator) were intercorrelated, and the authors present the Queller and Goodnight coefficient only. The genetic evidence indicates that warrior E864/I, in his paternal lineage, may have originated from Scandinavia. The strontium isotopic evidence does not exclude this possibility. In the case of other individuals from Bodzia, the archaeological evidence implicates the Kievan Rus region and Ukraine.

Keywords: Bodzia; DNA extraction; genetic analysis; graves; Kievan Rus region; Queller and Goodnight coefficient



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