Haunted by the ghost of the Beaker folk?

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Title: Haunted by the ghost of the Beaker folk?
Authors: Carlin, Neil
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11683
Date: 31-Jan-2020
Online since: 2020-11-10T17:03:35Z
Abstract: A recent Europe-wide study of ancient DNA (aDNA) has exploded some of the preconceptions regarding a long-standing archaeological problem, otherwise known as the Beaker phenomenon. The study's results seemed to indicate that large numbers of people had migrated from continental Europe into Britain around 2500 BCE. In the course of this migration, the newcomers brought their belongings, including Beaker pottery, with them and replaced the pre-existing population and their ways of life. Or at least, this was how the research was presented in the media, e.g., ‘Ancient-genome study finds Bronze Age ‘Beaker culture’ invaded Britain’ or ‘Did Dutch hordes kill off the early Britons who started Stonehenge?’. While the study's conclusions were actually more complex than the headlines suggested, its findings surprised many archaeologists; but had genetics actually solved the Beaker problem?
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Portland Press Ltd.
Journal: The Biochemist
Volume: 42
Issue: 1
Start page: 30
End page: 33
Copyright (published version): 2020 the Authors
Keywords: Beaker phenomenonCopper ageNeolithic migration
DOI: 10.1042/bio04201030
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0954-982X
Appears in Collections:Archaeology Research Collection

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