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A silenciosa história dos romanos esquecidos » Ceticismo.net

A silenciosa história dos romanos esquecidos » Ceticismo.net | #SciFund | Scoop.it

A drª Kristina Killgrove é bioantropóloga e professora de arqueologia da Universidade Vanderbilt. Sua especialidade não é estudar as crônicas escandalosas dos 12 Césares (recomendo o livro). Ela se interessa pelo cidadão comum. Os verdadeiros responsáveis por fazer de Roma.. bem, fazê-la Roma, pois não basta ter grandes generais se você não tem exército, da mesma maneira não adianta ter um grande imperador sem algo a governar.

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Who were the 99% of ancient Rome?

Who were the 99% of ancient Rome? | #SciFund | Scoop.it
From Gibbon to "Gladiator," it might seem like we know a lot about Ancient Rome, but our view of this civilization is a skewed one. The Romans lived in one of the most stratified societies in history. Around 1.5% of the population controlled the government, military, economy and religion. Through the writings and possessions they left behind, these rich, upper-class men are also responsible for most of our information about Roman life.

The remaining people – commoners, slaves and others – are largely silent. They could not afford tombstones to record their names, and they were buried with little in the way of fancy pottery or jewellery. Their lives were documented by the elites, but they left few documents of their own.

Now, Kristina Killgrove, an archaeologist from Vanderbilt University, wants to tell their story by sequencing their DNA, and she is raising donations to do it. “Their DNA will tell me where these people, who aren’t in histories, were coming from,” she says. “They were quite literally the 99% of Rome.”
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Roman DNA Project

Roman DNA Project | #SciFund | Scoop.it
Unlocking the secrets of Roman bodies (@edyong209 Thanks for the shout-out! So much awesome support from the Twitterverse for the http://t.co/ofZpfbdP and the #SciFund challenge!
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Ancient Roman DNA Project Fully Funded!

Ancient Roman DNA Project Fully Funded! | #SciFund | Scoop.it
UPDATE (11/11/11) - Thanks to your generous donations, the Roman DNA Project is fully funded, just 11 days after launch!  I cannot express how much it means to me that dozens of you share my passion for the ancient Romans.
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Featured project: Ancient Roman DNA

Featured project: Ancient Roman DNA | #SciFund | Scoop.it

Today's featured #SciFund Challenge project focuses on "Ancient Roman DNA" by Kristina Killgrove. This project is one of the standout successes of #SciFund. Stop by and take a look at Kristina's fantastic project!

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