Original paper

In naming the dead: Autosomal and Y-chromosomal STR typing on human skeletal remains from an 18th/19th century aristocratic crypt in Gallspach, Upper Austria

Schwarz, Reinhard; Renhart, Silvia; Gruber, Heinz; Klimesch, Wolfgang; Neuhuber, Franz; Cemper-Kiesslich, Jan

Anthropologischer Anzeiger Volume 72 No. 3 (2015), p. 335 - 346

published: Sep 1, 2015

DOI: 10.1127/anthranz/2015/0515

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Abstract

Ancient DNA analyses have shown to be a powerful tool in the joint transdisciplinary assessment of archaeological records involving human remains. In this study we set out to identify single inhumations by synoptically evaluating the historical, archaeological, anthropological and molecular records on human remains from the crypt of the aristocratic family of Hoheneck (or: Hohenegg) dating to the 18th and 19th century AD. A total of 11 individuals were under investigation, yielding complete autosomal and Y-chromosomal STR profiles for 5 persons clearly showing a family group. DNA results, anthropological data and archaeological records taken together resulted in (almost) unambiguous correlation to historical records on the persons entombed in the crypt.

Keywords

family of hohenecknoble family cryptgenealogyautosomal str analysisy-chromosomal str analysissynoptic evaluationhuman nuclear dnaindividual assignmentfamily kinship analysisancient dna