Fabienne Pigière (RBINS)
Gontran Sonet and Carl Vangestel
The goal of this small project is to extract ancient DNA from a partial skeleton of a Cervidae discovered in a Roman context at Herstal (Liège) and confirm its species identification. Based on osteomorphological analysis, the skeleton has been attributed to the fallow deer (Dama dama), however, the species identification needs to be confirmed by a DNA analysis. Dama dama is from eastern Mediterranean and if individuals were imported in north-western Europe during the Roman period is still under debate.
Lab work progress:
Article in prep