Reconstructing Australia's pre-European genetic and cultural past
In this project, researchers will use historic hair samples collected by anthropological expeditions in the early 20th century to generate the first genetic map of Aboriginal Australia.
The map and the detailed contextual and genealogical information from museum archives will assist Aboriginal communities and individuals to reconstruct their personal and family history and trace ancestry and augment oral or written records.
The combination of cutting-edge science, detailed archival research, and a comprehensive family outreach and reporting program will be a step change in assisting Australia's reconciliation process, the Stolen Generation and repatriation of Indigenous remains.
Funding period: 2014–2017
Professor Alan Cooper
Dr Wolfgang Haak
Associate Professor Robert Mitchell
Associate Professor Emma Kowal
Dr Keryn Walshe
Professor Peter Sutton
Professor David Reich
Professor Simon Easteal
Dr John Stephen
Dr Miguel Vilar
Dr Chris Tyler-Smith.
The University of Adelaide
South Australian Museum
Australian Genome Research Facility
National Geographic Society, USA.
This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage grant.