Dienekes' Anthropology blog recounts abstracts of conference papers providing an immense number of new ancient DNA data sets from Europe and North Africa, some from ISABS 2013 and some from EAA 2013. None of the papers, taken individually, is really game changing. But, collectively, the vastly expanded ancient DNA data set is solidifying and refining conjectures made based upon early ancient DNA results into well established results.
Among the most notable results are:
* the extent to which North Africa has been predominantly one corner of the West Eurasian in genetic macro-population (as opposed to sub-Saharan African) as far back as 23,000 years ago with sub-Saharan African contributions attributable to relatively recent low level population exchanges across the Sahara;
* the increasingly clear reality that there have been several important demic migration waves in Europe from the advent of the Neolithic revolution and Bronze Age collapse; and
* another solid archaeological example of megalithic architecture by people with forager economies. The case of large scale social organization and religion preceding rather than following the Neolithic revolution is strengthening.