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Close encounters

  • 6th Louwe Kooijmans lecture
  • Prof. dr. Kristian Kristiansen
Thursday 11 May 2017
Tempelzaal Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Rapenburg 28
2311 EW Leiden
The Late Neolithic Single Grave of Garderen Solsche Berg (collection and image RMO)

Steppe migrant thugs pacified by Stone Age farming women

When present day European genetics was formed during the beginning of the Bronze Age 5000 years ago it was a result of migrating Yamnaya pastoralists from the Caspian steppe encountering Stone Age farmers in northern and eastern Europe. A grand synthesis article published in the Journal Antiquity argues that young Yamnaya warriors belonging to raiding parties married local Stone Age women, settling and adopting a more agrarian lifestyle. During this process, where the Corded Ware Culture was formed, a new Proto-Germanic dialect appeared.

In this lecture prof. Kristiansen will argue that the Yamnaya migrations from the steppe into temperate Europe changed the course of history, bringing not only a new language, but also new ideas on how society was organized. This then became the foundation for the Bronze Age and for the way European societies continued to develop to the present.

Kindly register before May 6th via the Rijkmuseum van Oudheden

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