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The return of the Beaker Folk? Rethinking migration and population change in British prehistory

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JournalAntiquity
DateAccepted/In press - 18 Dec 2020
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Recent aDNA analysis has demonstrated that the centuries surrounding
the arrival of the Beaker Complex in Britain witnessed a massive
turnover in the genetic make-up of the population. Here we consider the
archaeological implications of this finding, and propose two hypotheses -
Beaker Colonisation and Steppe Drift - that might help us understand the
underlying social processes, and propose directions for future research.

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