Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Åshild Vågene

Kahlaische Strasse 10

07745 Jena



Åshild Vågene

Åshild Vågene

Åshild Vågene


  • +49 (0) 3641 686-625


Main Focus

  • Pre- and post-contact disease in the New World
  • Detection, isolation and reconstruction of ancient pathogen genomes
  • Metagenomics and its application to ancient DNA research

I am involved in the following projects:

Ancient Pathogen Genomics Projects

Ancient Tuberculosis in the New World and Beyond

Curriculum Vitae

2013-present            PhD student, Archaeogenetics Department at MPI for the Science of Human History and the Institute for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Tübingen

2012-2013               M.Sc. Molecular Genetics, University of Leicester

2010-2011               M.Sc. Palaeopathology, Durham University

2007-2010               B.A. Anthropology and Archaeology, Durham University 

Peer reviewed papers

* shared first author

Å. J. Vågene*, A. Herbig*, M. G. Campana, N. M. Robles García, C. Warinner, S. Sabin, M. A. Spyrou, A. Andrades Valtueña, D. Huson, N.Tuross, K. I. Bos and J. Krause, (2018). Salmonella enterica genomes from victims of a major sixteenth-century epidemic in Mexico, Nature Ecology and Evolution.

C. Batini, P. Hallast, Å. J. Vågene, D. Zadik, H. A. Eriksen, H. Pamjav, A. Sajantila, J. H. Wetton. and M. A. Jobling, (2017), Population resequencing of European mitochondrial genomes highlights sex-bias in Bronze Age demographic expansions, Scientific Reports, 7 (1), 12086. 

K. I. Bos, G. Jäger, V. J. Schuenemann, Å. J. Vågene, M. A. Spyrou, A. Herbig, K. Nieselt, and J.s Krause, (2015). Parallel detection of ancient pathogens via array-based DNA capture. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 370 (1660).


Book Sections

Å. J. Vågene, J. Krause and K. I. Bos, (2016). “Metagenomic analysis and mitochondrial genome reconstruction of the post-medieval individual from Moneen Cave”, in: Marion Dowd ed. Archaeological excavations in Moneen Cave, the Burren, Co. Clare., Oxford, England, Archaeopress.



Åshild Vågene, Christina Warinner, Rodrigo Barquera and Kirsten Bos"Mixtecs, Aztecs and the great cocoliztli epidemic of AD 1545-1550". Behind the Paper, Nature Ecology and Evolution. 07.02.2018.


Åshild Vågene. ”Enteric fever in sixteenth-century Mexico.” Behind the Paper, Nature Ecology and Evolution. 15.01.2018.    

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Department of Archaeogenetics
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