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Population history in third-millennium-BC Europe: assessing the contribution of genetics

Vander Linden, M; (2016) Population history in third-millennium-BC Europe: assessing the contribution of genetics. World Archaeology , 48 (5) pp. 714-728. 10.1080/00438243.2016.1209124. Green open access

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Abstract

Several recent high-profile aDNA studies have claimed to have identified major migrations during the third millennium BC in Europe. This contribution offers a brief review of these studies, and especially their role in understanding the genetic make-up of modern European populations. Although the technical sophistication of aDNA studies is beyond doubt, the underlying archaeological assumptions prove relatively naive and the findings at odd with more ‘traditional’ archaeological data. Although the existence of past migrations needs to be acknowledged and fully considered by archaeologists, it does not offer either a robust explanatory factor or an enduring platform for interdisciplinary dialogue between archaeology and genetics. Alternative hypotheses are briefly explored.

Type: Article
Title: Population history in third-millennium-BC Europe: assessing the contribution of genetics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2016.1209124
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2016.1209124
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 Taylor & Francis. All rights reserved. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in World Archaeology on 03 August 2016, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2016.1209124
Keywords: aDNA, Yamnaya, Corded Ware, Bell Beaker, demography
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508041
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