Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic
Bridging the European
and Anatolian Neolithic
Demography, migration, and lifestyle
at the advent of civilisation

Joachim Burger

Palaeogenomic / Biostatistical analysis of ancient DNA data from Mesolithic and Neolithic skeletal remains

Joachim Burger is professor of anthropology at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. His group is one of the leading teams in palaeogenetics and has set the standards of ancient DNA work with human remains. He has pioneered the field of population genetics of the interaction of early Neolithic farmers and late hunter-gatherers in Europe. He lived in Turkey and traveled through the Balkans as a student and thinks that this area is key to the peopling of Europe as a whole.

Selected Publications


Thomas MG, Kivisild T, Chicki L, and Burger J. Europe and western Asia: genetics and population history. In: The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Ness, I. & P. Bellwood (eds.). Malden, MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (forthcoming, 2013).

Kaiser E, Schier W, and Burger J, editors. Populations Dynamics in Pre- and Early History: New Approaches by Stable Isotopes and Genetics, De Gruyter 2012.

Bollongino R, Burger J, Powell A, Mashkour M, Vigne JD, and Thomas MG. 2012. Modern Taurine Cattle descended from small number of Near-Eastern founders. Mol Biol Evol. 29 (9): 2101-2104.

Gerbault P, Liebert A, Itan Y, Powell A, Currat M, Burger J, Swallow DM, and Thomas MG. 2011. Evolution of lactase persistence: an example of human niche construction. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 366(1566):863-877.

Burger J, and Thomas MG. 2011. Palaeopopulationgenetics of man, cattle, and dairying in Neolithic Europe. In: Pinhasi R, and Stock J, editors. Human Bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture. New York: Wiley-Liss. p 371-384.

Itan Y, Powell A, Beaumont MA, Burger J, and Thomas MG. 2009. The origins of lactase persistence in Europe. PLoS Computational Biology 5(8):e1000491.

Project Coordinator
Palaeogenetics Group Institute for Anthropology
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz