Who lives in or near Bradford and can make it to the presentations below? Afterwards can you please report back here about what was said. The sessions are being held next month as part of the 2013 EUROPA conference at the University of Bradford. For details how to book a ticket see the flier here. Thanks in advance.
"The Rise" is an ERC funded project of Early European Bronze Age (2000-3000 BC). While including a range of scientific disciplines, it also represents what is arguably the largest DNA study of ancient human populations to date. The aim is to generate genome-wide data from hundreds of individuals to obtain a high resolution genetic image of the mobility and origin of early Europeans. It is still early days in terms of population genetic analyses, but the many hundred millions of DNA sequences generated so far has provided significant insights into DNA preservation and degradation. This information can assist in defining the genomic potential in "The "Rise" and future projects with similar aims. In the light of these results, I will discuss what is required to take European archaeo-genetics past the traditional mitochondrial haplogroup analyses, and into the era of high-resolution genomics. Is it all just a pipe dream?
Friday 14th June - 15:15–17:00, Dr Morten Allentoft (University of Copenhagen): Profiling the entire genomes of ancient Europeans - a pipe dream or a wonderful challenge?
New evidence from isotopic and ancient DNA has the potential to rewrite large portions of our understanding of the Bronze Age. While much of this work is still in a preliminary stage, there are indications that movement and connections were an important part of being important in this period of time. Not so different from today. Isotopic studies of the Bell Beaker period and several investigations of Bronze Age human remains from central and northern Europe will be discussed and evaluated. Kristiansen’s contribution to this debate in light of some of the new evidence will be considered.
Friday 14th June - 17:00–18:00, Keynote address by Professor Douglas Price (University of Wisconsin): The spread of bronze and the movement of people in prehistoric Europe
The breakthrough of the Nordic Bronze Age (NBA) took place c.1600 BCE in NBA IB, which was also the period when Southern Scandinavia emerged as a cultural koiné in clear outline within Bronze Age Europe. This paper seeks to uncover some of the underlying incentives and historical pathways. Indigenous ore sources were largely ignored, arguably because of a strong cultural tradition for looking south for new materials and inspiration: Desire for bronze and gold objects and the associated metallurgy based on foreign metal were keys to this steady European linkage as well drivers in local change, no doubt, but do not stand isolated. Rich warrior assemblages take centre stage as they hold extraordinary weaponry decorated with, or accompanied by, cosmological symbols. Weapon forms and decoration pinpoint the Carpathian Basin, and secondly the Eurasian steppes, as crucial for the appearance of the NBA as a cultural force in its own right around 1600 BCE. The paper tentatively concludes that in this socio-cultural process of change new warrior ideals were sustained by the transmission of reformed ideas of the constitution of cosmos.
Saturday 15th June - 12:05–12:40, Professor Helle Vandkilde (University of Aarhus): Nordic Bronze Age beginnings
Hundreds of prehistoric North European skeletons to be genotyped for Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA