BTK | Bölcsészettudományi Kutatóközpont – Research Centre for the Humanities, Budapest

The Institute of Archaeogenomics is part of the Research Centre of the Humanities (RCH or BTK in Hungarian) in Budapest, which is a beneficiary partner institute of the HistoGenes.

The team composed of anthropologists, geneticists and laboratory assistants is responsible for the DNA and isotope sampling and sample preparation of almost 4000 human skeletons from the Migration period of the Carpathian Basin. The sampling team not only reaches out to rural museums

of the country, but also to international partners in Slovakia, Slovenia and Serbia. The samples transferred to the aDNA laboratory

are documented upon arrival, cleaned and powdered in Budapest. Part of the sample set is processed further in the lab, allocating the wet lab work on the most possibly effective way between the MPI EVA DAG Leipzig and the RCH Budapest.

After the first 2 years of intensive work on the sampling, the institute going to hire further PhD students to help the data processing and genetic evaluation of certain case studies of the project.