Professor Fred Grine from Stony Brook University (NY, USA) recently visited the East London Museum to update museum scientist Kevin Cole on the work being undertaken on the Hofmeyr skull.
A piece of parietal bone (surgically removed) will be sent to Professor Eske Willerslev in Copehagen for ancient DNA analysis.
This work follows on the successful dating of the skull undertaken a number of years back.
One of the most advanced labs chosen to undertake this work is under the directorship of Professor Eske Willerslev. He is the Director of the Centre of Excellence in GeoGenetics and the National CryoBank and Sequencing Facility, situated at the National History Museum and the Biological Institute, University of Copenhagen. He and his team have led the way internationally in the extraction and amplification of DNA from ancient skeletons.
Permits for the research and to export material to Copenhagen were issued by the Eastern Cape Provincial Heritage Resources Agency (ECPHRA) and the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA).