Our Work on Rakhigarhi....

Our work in Rakhigarhi was reported in Times of India. 

Link to Times of India Article

"Partnering with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and paleoparasitologists from the Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea, scientists from the Deccan College Post-graduate and Research Institute will now try to capture and study the parasite eggs that once existed in the stomachs of those buried during the Harappan era, and ultimately isolate the DNA of their host,...."

"This exercise is part of the fresh excavations that will start in Rakhigarhi from January 12 under the direction of Vasant Shinde, senior archaeologist and vice chancellor/director at the Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute. Some of these archaeologists have already reached ground zero and will begin excavation at 'mound number 4'-- the biggest and the tallest of the seven mounds here......."

"The team of Korean scientists will reach Rakhigarhi on January 25 to begin experiments, which in fact is the result of an official memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Deccan College and Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea...."


Although TOI is really prestigious newspaper in India, some more explanation might be needed for this article on us...

1. We will do analysis on parasite, animal, and human aDNA seperated from parasite eggs, animal and human bones respectively from Rakhigarhi site...

2. Human aDNA will not be collected from any kind of parasite specimen.. .it would be collected from human bones. 

3. Paleoparasitological study would be done by conventional methods... collecting the samples... microscopic examination... and aDNA analysis with the sample when it could be possible....

Of course, I could understand the situation... Unfortunately enough, the information was not transferred directly from me.., (via many steps from me to TOI, owing to the communication troubles...) and I believe anyone for this article hope to do their best for correctly understanding the studies on the site. This is nobody's fault. 

Anyway, it's true that scientific methods would be done on the samples from Rakhigarhi.... and it would be fantastic!!!!


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  2. Thank you for the clarification! I was wondering how human DNA would remain intact in parasite eggs. TOI completely messed up their article! As an Indian, I am eagerly waiting for ancient DNA results. I do not understand how the previous team failed to extract any DNA from more than 70 skeletons at Farmana, and so I wish your team the best

  3. Thank you. How is the aDNA study coming up? When can we expect the publication? Any 'early' results worth sharing? :)

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