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Since 2010: Pilot project

Patrick Geary and Krishna Veeramah at UCLA build a cooperation between historians, geneticists and archaeologists. ... [read more]

Mid-September 2018

Spontaneously, Pohl, Geary, Vida and Krause decide to apply for an ERC Synergy Grant together. .... [read more]

November 9 | 2018

HistoGenes proposal submitted under Synergy Grant call of the European Research Council (ERC) for a three-stage selection process

September 10 | 2019


Third stage of project evaluation: Hearing of the four Principal Investigators at the Synergy Grant Panel in Brussels. ... [read more]

The project has been approved! This is the beginning of an intense phase of preparation and negotiation. ... [read more]

The First HistoGenes Plenary Meeting is held in Vienna ... [read more]

May 1 | 2020

The project officially begins. In spite of problems caused by Covid lockdowns, sample collection and bone powder drilling in Hungary is already going at full speed. ... [read more]

July 2020

The first c. 200 bone powder samples sent from Hungary to the lab at MPI Jena for analysis. Two more batches follow in autumn 2020.

December 2020

The first c. 100 samples from Austria (from the Avar-period cemetery at Leobersdorf) are sent to the Jena lab.

April 2021

Petrous bone drilling before_after Photo

Over 1000 bone powder samples have now been collected.

Photo: Eleftheria Orfanou, Marie Himmel, Franziska Aron, Wolfgang Haak 2020. Minimally-invasive sampling of pars petrosa (os temporale) for ancient DNA extraction.


May 1 | 2021

Happy birthday, HistoGenes!

On May 1, 2021, the HistoGenes project successfully concluded the first year of its research, funded by a Synergy Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). This is an exciting collaboration between geneticists, archaeologists, historians and anthropologists to study the population history of the Carpathian Basin in the 5th to 9th centuries.

... [read more]

September 23-25 |  2021

our HistoGenes team convened for the Second Plenary Meeting ... [read more]

April 1 | 2022

First HistoGenes article published

On April 1, 2022, our fist HistoGenes article Ancient genomes reveal origin and rapid trans-Eurasian migration of 7th century Avar elites has been published in CELL.

It is open access and can be found here!

July 5 | 2022

HistoGene Team Members  at the Medieval Congress in Leeds

On July 5, 2022, we presented the aims and first results of the HistoGenes project in a strand of two sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds. ...[read more]

HistoGene Team Members  at the "International Congress on the Study of the Middle Ages"
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