Prehistoric pop culture: deciphering the DNA of the Bell Beaker Complex

Prehistoric pop culture: deciphering the DNA of the Bell Beaker Complex

More than 4,500 years ago, a hugely popular cultural phenomenon – today known as the Bell Beaker Complex – captured the prehistoric imagination, flourishing across much of Europe. Archaeologists are still deliberating over how this Complex, first identified in the 19th century, developed so quickly and effectively. Now the largest ancient DNA study to-date has shed revolutionary new light on the question, with surprising implications for our understanding of ancient populations – particularly that of Britain, which seems to have undergone an almost complete genetic turnover in just a few centuries.
Jorvik Viking Festival 2018
Jorvik Viking Festival 2018
In February, Norsemen strode the streets of York once more in the city’s annual Viking Festival. Carly Hilts went along to see for herself ...
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Prehistoric pop culture: deciphering the DNA of the Bell Beaker Complex
Prehistoric pop culture: deciphering the DNA of the Bell Beaker Complex
More than 4,500 years ago, a hugely popular cultural phenomenon – today known as the Bell Beaker Complex – captured the prehistoric imagination, flourishing across much of Europe. Archaeologists are still deliberating over how this Complex, first identified in the ...
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Excavating the CA archive: Wroxeter
Excavating the CA archive: Wroxeter
In last month’s ‘great excavations’ mini-series (CA 337), I mentioned the then editor’s suggestion in CA 8 (May 1968) that ‘one of the Roman towns like Silchester or Wroxeter that are ploughed every year’ be excavated by the BBC as ...
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Packing a punch: boxing gloves found at Vindolanda
Packing a punch: boxing gloves found at Vindolanda
Vindolanda, the Roman auxiliary fort just south of Hadrian’s Wall, is known for its treasure trove of well-preserved Roman archaeology, and this past excavation season has proved to be one of the most successful yet. The team has been excavating ...
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Iron Age Orcadian ornament
Iron Age Orcadian ornament
Perched above Windwick Bay on South Ronaldsay, Orkney, the site known as The Cairns has been under continuous excavation by the Archaeology Institute of the University of the Highlands and Islands for several years. Although best known for its Iron ...
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Mucklestone
A SOTMAS member and resident of Mucklestone, learned that whenever a field called "Old House ...
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The Newbarns Project
Excavation of Neolithic Kerb Cairns with prehistoric cremation burials on later multi settlement site up ...
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Kent Archaeological Field School
Courses at the Kent Archaeological Field School for 2018 will include: Field Walking and Map ...
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Les Varines
Les Varines, a Magdalenian settlement approximately 14,500 years old, is an exceptional site which has ...
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Recent Issues

Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society
Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society
The Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society is an active Society of enthusiastic amateurs, based in the Isle of Thanet, in ...
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Peterborough Archaeology
Peterborough Archaeology
Peterborough and its surrounding area has been an important centre for settlement, industry and trade for many thousands of years ...
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Is there a future in studying the past?
Is there a future in studying the past?
Is this the time to pursue a course in archaeology? The word from the field that reaches the Current Archaeology ...
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Into the Light - CASPAR at UCL
Into the Light – CASPAR at UCL
Don Henson, Director of CASPAR (Centre for Audio-Visual Study and Practice in Archaeology) explains how an innovative new centre at ...
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University Guide
University Guide
A guide to all the major university archaeology departments in the UKHere we list all the major University departments that ...
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Distance Learning - Anytime Anywhere
Distance Learning – Anytime Anywhere
Distance learning can offer a valuable route into archaeological study for those who are unable, or just don't want to, ...
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Learn all about the archaeology of Britain from these easy-to-read cyber tours, specially adapted from articles in Current Archaeology.

 


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Castell Henllys
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Snettisham
The great Iron Age hoards discovered at Snettisham in Norfolk form the richest Iron Age treasure ever discovered in this ...

Current Archaeology LIVE!

Each year Current Archaeology runs an annual conference to showcase the best of archaeology at home and abroad. We have a series of talks given by the country’s leading archaeologists, and we also present the annual Archaeology Awards.

23-24 February 2018

Current Archaeology Live! 2018 will be returning to the University of London’s Senate House, on 23-24 February (Friday/Saturday). We will be hearing from the foremost archaeological experts on the latest finds and ground-breaking research, and we are looking forward to an entertaining, stimulating, and enjoyable two days – we hope you will join us!