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    Early prehistoric societies in Ireland: the contribution of DNA
    (Archaeology Ireland, 2020-12-02) ;
    It has been recently claimed that long-standing debates, such as the role of migration in the Neolithic transition, have been solved by the study of ancient genomes. But is it really that simple? Twenty years ago there was a lively exchange about genetics and Irish origins in Archaeology Ireland. In that spirit we wish to discuss the contribution of a(ancient)DNA to Irish prehistory.
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    Transforming our understanding of Neolithic and Chalcolithic society (4000–2200 BC) in Ireland
    (Transport Infrastructure Ireland, 2017-08-24) ;
    The Neolithic is a transformative period marked by major cultural, social and technological change across Europe. Its global significance, long-term social impact and its spread from several origin points continue to be widely discussed. Occurring towards the end of a process involving the spread of agriculture from the Near East around 9000 BC (Robb 2013), the Neolithic period in Ireland is commonly defined chronologically as between 4000 and 2500 BC. In this paper, its final phase is considered to also include the 300 years prior to the start of the Bronze Age c. 2200 BC. The concept of transformation can be applied to this time-span from a number of perspectives, in terms of the establishment of agriculturally based societies on this island and the changes that ensue, but also how our knowledge has been advanced by recent discoveries.