MA (Gotland), PhD (Durham), PgCert (LJMU)



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Linus studied archaeology, osteology and 'ancient DNA' at Gotland University, Stockholm University and Uppsala University (Sweden) to obtain an MA in Osteology (2008). Once completed, he moved to Durham (UK) to start a Leverhulme funded PhD to study the process of pig domestication throguh ancient DNA analysis (2008). Linus then spent a year as a PDRA at the Natural History Museum (London, 2012) before starting a PDRF at the University of Aberdeen (2013) and a PDRF at the Archaeological Research Laboratory at Stockholm University (2015). He worked as a Lecturer in Human evolutionary Genetics at Liverpool John Moores University between from February 2016 - December 2019. From January 2020 he works as a Lecturer in Ancient Biomolecules in the Archaeology Department at Aberdeen.

Memberships and Affiliations


Research Overview

  • Ancient DNA and palaeogenetics
  • Animal domestication
  • Palaeomigrations


Joel Irish (LJMU)

Anders Gotherstrom (Stockholm University)

Pontus Skoglund (CRICK Institute)

Veronique Forbes (MUN)


Teaching Responsibilities


In the 2020-2021 Academic Year I am course coordinator for:

AY4013/4008 - Viking Archaeology

AY5504 - Advanced Archaeological Methods

AY5005 - Viking Archaeology

AY5011 - Ancient Bimolecules


PGR Supervision 

I am currently supervisor for:

Adeline Morez (Liverpool John Moores University) 



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  • Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs

    Bergström, A., Frantz, L., Schmidt, R., Ersmark, E., Lebrasseur, O., Girdland-Flink, L., Lin, A. T., Storå, J., Sjögren, K., Anthony, D., Antipina, E., Amiri, S., Bar-Oz, G., Bazaliiskii, V. I., Bulatović, J., Brown, D., Carmagnini, A., Davy, T., Fedorov, S., Fiore, I., Fulton, D., Germonpré, M., Haile, J., Irving-Pease, E. K., Jamieson, A., Janssens, L., Kirillova, I., Horwitz, L. K., Kuzmanovic-Cvetković, J., Kuzmin, Y., Losey, R. J., Dizdar, D. L., Mashkour, M., Novak, M., Onar, V., Orton, D., Pasarić, M., Radivojević, M., Rajković, D., Roberts, B., Ryan, H., Sablin, M., Shidlovskiy, F., Stojanović, I., Tagliacozzo, A., Trantalidou, K., Ullén, I., Villaluenga, A., Wapnish, P., Dobney, K., Götherström, A., Linderholm, A., Dalén, L., Pinhasi, R., Larson, G., Skoglund, P.

    Science, vol. 370, no. 6516, pp. 557-564

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Assessing the performance of quantity and quality metrics using the QIAGEN Investigator® Quantiplex® Pro RGQ kit

    Morrison, J., McColl, S., Loughelainen, J., Sheppard, K., May, A., Girdland-Flink, L., Watts, G., Dawnay, N.

    Science & Justice, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 388-397

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Do dental nonmetric traits actually work as proxies for neutral genomic data?: Some answers from continental- and global-level analyses

    Irish, J. D., Morez, A., Girdland Flink, L., Phillips, E. L. W., Scott, G. R.

    American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 172, no. 3, pp. 347-375

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • CoproID predicts the source of coprolites and paleofeces using microbiome composition and host DNA content

    Borry, M., Cordova, B., Perri, A., Wibowo, M. C., Honap, T. P., Ko, J., Yu, J., Britton, K., Girdland Flink, L., Power, R. C., Stuijts, I., Garcia, D. S., Hofman, C. A., Hagan, R. W., Kagone, T. S., Meda, N., Carabin, H., Jacobson, D., Reinhard, K., Lewis, Jr., C. M., Kostic, A., Jeong, C., Herbig, A., Hubner, A., Warinner, C.

    PeerJ, vol. 8, e9001

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • First farming in the north-western Mediterranean: evidence from Castellar-Pendimoun during the sixth millennium BCE. In

    Binder, D., Battentier, J., Bouby, L., Brochier, J. E., Carré, A., Cucchi, T., Delhon, C., De Stefanis, C., Drieu, L., Girdland-Flink, L., Evin, A., Goude, G., Gourichon, L., Guillon, S., Hamon, C., Thiébault, S.

    Farmers at the Frontier. Gron, K. J., Sørensen, L., Rowley-Conwy, P. (eds.). Oxbow Books, pp. 145-159

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Reply to dee and kuitems: Our model is an expression of the uncertainties inherent in the radiocarbon data

    Ledger, P. M., Girdland-Flink, L., Forbes, V.

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 116, no. 46, 22908

    Contributions to Journals: Letters

  • Ancient pigs reveal a near-complete genomic turnover following their introduction to Europe

    Frantz, L. A., Haile, J., Lin, A. T., Scheu, A., Geörg, C., Benecke, N., Alexander, M., Linderholm, A., Mullin, V. E., Daly, K. G., Battista, V. M., Price, M., Gron, K. J., Alexandri, P., Arbogast, R. M., Arbuckle, B., Bǎlǎşescu, A., Barnett, R., Bartosiewicz, L., Baryshnikov, G., Bonsall, C., Borić, D., Boroneanţ, A., Bulatović, J., Çakirlar, C., Carretero, J. M., Chapman, J., Church, M., Crooijmans, R., De Cupere, B., Detry, C., Dimitrijevic, V., Dumitraşcu, V., Du Plessis, L., Edwards, C. J., Erek, C. M., Erim-Özdoǧan, A., Ervynck, A., Fulgione, D., Gligor, M., Götherström, A., Gourichon, L., Groenen, M. A., Helmer, D., Hongo, H., Horwitz, L. K., Irving-Pease, E. K., Lebrasseur, O., Lesur, J., Malone, C., Manaseryan, N., Marciniak, A., Martlew, H., Mashkour, M., Matthews, R., Matuzeviciute, G. M., Maziar, S., Meijaard, E., McGovern, T., Megens, H. J., Miller, R., Mohaseb, A. F., Orschiedt, J., Orton, D., Papathanasiou, A., Pearson, M. P., Pinhasi, R., Radmanović, D., Ricaut, F. X., Richards, M., Sabin, R., Sarti, L., Schier, W., Sheikhi, S., Stephan, E., Stewart, J. R., Stoddart, S., Tagliacozzo, A., Tasić, N., Trantalidou, K., Tresset, A., Valdiosera, C., Van Den Hurk, Y., Van Poucke, S., Vigne, J. D., Yanevich, A., Zeeb-Lanz, A., Triantafyllidis, A., Gilbert, M. T. P., Schibler, J., Rowley-Conwy, P., Zeder, M., Peters, J., Cucchi, T., Bradley, D. G., Dobney, K., Burger, J., Evin, A., Girdland-Flink, L., Larson, G.

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 116, no. 35, pp. 17231-17238

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Megalithic tombs in western and northern Neolithic Europe were linked to a kindred society

    Sanchez-Quinto, F., Malmström, H., Fraser, M., Girdland Flink, E., Svensson, E. M., Simoes, L., George, R., Hollfelder, N., Burenhult, G., Noble, G., Britton, K., Talamo, S., Curtis, N., Brzobohata, H., Sumberova, R., Götherström, A., Storå, J., Jakobsson, M.

    PNAS, vol. 116, no. 19, pp. 9469-9474

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Elucidating recent history by tracing genetic affinity of three 16th century miners from Sweden

    Krzewińska, M., Kjellström, A., Bäckström, Y., Ingvarsson, A., Kashuba, N., Rodríguez Varela, R., Girdland-Flink, L., Götherström, A.

    Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, vol. 19, pp. 651-657

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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