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Prehistoric origins of Orcadian cultural exchange networks: biomolecular and morphometric studies of Orkney voles
A research project of the Department of Archaeology.
Funded for 2 years from December 2005 by the AHRC, the principal objective of this project is to establish the nature and extent of prehistoric human cultural contacts in the Orkney Archipelago through a detailed morphometric and genetic study of the modern and prehistoric remains of a small mammal (Common Vole) that was introduced to Orkney by Neolithic Farmers from somewhere along the North East Atlantic Façade. This joint project between the Departments of Archaeology and Biological Sciences at Durham University and the Departments of Biology and the Medical School at the University of York, employs several post-doctoral research associates and involves a Marie Curie Research Fellow. This project is in its early data gathering stages, although preliminary genetic results have already been published.