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The Rise II

Project title

Towards a new European Prehistory. Integrating aDNA, isotopic investigations, language and
archaeology to reinterpret key processes of change in the prehistory of Europe

Project short name

“The Rise II”


The project runs from January 2017 to December 2022 and is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Major partners

Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum, Copenhagen

The national Museum of Denmark

Tales of Bronze Age Women

Project Abstract

During the past few years we have witnessed a knowledge-revolution in
archaeology, brought about by contributions from ancient DNA and isotopic tracing. It revealed a much more dramatic European prehistory than previously thought, characterized by major migrations 6000 BC (introduction of farming from Anatolia) and 3000 BC (steppe migrations into Europe).

Our research team provided much of this new evidence. In this project we focus in on the remaining big transformations in European Prehistory from the end of the Mesolithic (Hunter-Gatherers) until the Iron Age.

Firstly: we trace the introduction of farming after 4000 BC into northern Europe.

Secondly: we trace movement from the Iberian Peninsula north along the Atlantic coastline of Bell Beaker people, which may have introduced metalworking.

Thirdly: the Bronze Age stands out as a new epoch of extreme connectivity and trade from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia. We trace genetically and strontium wise how this new interconnected world operated.

To achieve our goals, we employ a truly interdisciplinary research design by combining ancient DNA, isotopic tracing, archaeology and historical linguistics to document the full complexity of these historical changes. It will inform us about how new migrating groups interacted with existing populations and in the process created new cultures and languages. Such knowledge is relevant also in the present.

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