Tom Booth - Family Tree Live speaker profile


13 March 2019
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Cheddar Man and the origins of the British

Cheddar Man and the origins of the British


Tom Booth will be speaking on ‘Cheddar Man and the origins of the British’ at Family Tree Live


Introducing Tom Booth’s talk:

Hear the story of a 10,000 year old skeleton and the secrets it unlocks to our ancestors in the British Isles in millennia past, in Tom Booth’s talk.

  • Advances in the extraction and analysis of DNA obtained from ancient human remains (including hundreds of thousands – to millions – of sequences from across an individual’s whole genome) have revolutionised our understanding of prehistoric population histories.
  • Studies of populations living in Europe over the last c20,000 years have identified several major episodes of significant population change, often associated with synchronous changes in archaeological cultures.

In this talk, Tom will discuss the findings from Britain, including: the 10,000-year-old Cheddar Man skeleton, the origins of farming, the arrival of ‘Beaker’ cultures and what the future may hold as studies move into more recent time periods.


This talk is for you if you are curious about your deep ancestry and the Stone Age populations of the British Isles

Suitable for anyone curious about DNA, history, family history or anthropology!


Come along to Family Tree Live find out more…

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Tom Booth will be speaking at 1pm on Saturday 27 April 2019


Mini bio:

Tom Booth is a Visiting Researcher at the Natural History Museum. After completing his PhD in Archaeological Science at the University of Sheffield in 2014, he joined the ancient DNA team at the Natural History Museum in London to work on a Wellcome Trust-funded project investigating the genetic history of populations living in Britain over the last c.10,000 years. This involved obtaining and analysing genome-wide information from hundreds of ancient human skeletons from around Britain, including the 10,000-year-old Mesolithic skeleton known as Cheddar Man.



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