We welcome your participation in our Round Table Discussion with Dr. Sang-Hyun Jee (National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Korea), for exchanging the opinions on common scientific interests.
Dr. Jee got his PhD degree in Chung-Ang University, Korea. His main research interests focus on population genetics for reconstructing historical migration and genetic evolution in ancient populations (human, animals, plant etc) by the molecular analysis of biological remains from archaeological sites of in the past. He is currently working for Conservation Science Division, National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Korea.
Below is the abstract of his lecture on "Applications of the Ancient Biomolecular Analysis in Cultural Heritage"
The biomolecules can frequently be detected in ancient materials. A nucleic acids, amino acids, lipids, and carbohydrates are important biomolecules that provide direct evidence for human activity in the past. Most biomolecules were founded to be mixed with amorphous organic materials isolated and analyzed using biochemical, and molecular biological techniques have provided insight into our understanding of ancient biological events at the molecular level. Now, the research of ancient biomolecules has been applying to variable archaeological remains by NRICH (National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage) in Korean. The aims of the research were to understand the peopling, palaeodiet, and palaeoecology in the past of an area during a given period of its history in the Korean Peninsula. Currently, ancient DNA (aDNA) and isotope analysis of human bone from the Joseon Dynasty period is performed continuously to reconstruct genetic structure and past dietary between modern and ancient Korean populations. In addition, studies of archaeological residues from some ancient potsherd and soil excavated from Neungsan-ri, Buyeo and Wanggoong-ri, Iksan, respectively have targeted the recovery of lipids using mass spectrometry. The results may provide evidence for understanding of life style in the Baekje Kindom preiod.
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