Category Archives: European Prehistory

Before Slavery

We keep hearing more about European genetic prehistory, and the picture is coming together.  In one new paper,  we hear aDNA results from the Carpathian Basin. It’s clear that the LBK farmers are the same people as the earlier Starcevo … Continue reading

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Last Survivor

Over about 2500 years, the Middle Eastern farmers occupied almost all of Europe. That migration seem to have a single origin:  genetically they seem quite similar, even as far as north as southern Sweden. The indigenous foragers didn’t disappear instantly, … Continue reading

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Old Europe’s Remnants

Although we know quite a bit about the artifacts, ways of making a living, and recently even the DNA of  Europe’s first farmers, we don’t know anything about their language or much about what they thought or believed in.  Old Europe was … Continue reading

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Kings of the Stone Age

The Y-chromosome haplogroup R1b is extremely common in Western Europe ( > 70%). At the same time, it doesn’t appear to be very old. Which facts suggest two possibilities.  The first is that this particular Y-chromosome haplogroup confers some kind … Continue reading

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Publication Delays

Colin Renfrew (and others, like Peter Bellwood) have argued that the first farmers in Europe originated in Anatolia and spoke Indo-European languages, thus placing the Indo-European homeland in Anatolia. I think that recent genetic results pretty clearly show that this … Continue reading

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The First Dark Age

    A little over five thousand years ago, something bad happened in central and western Europe.  Farming had arrived earlier, and flourished for several hundred years, accompanied by population increase (see the graph above, showing estimated population density over … Continue reading

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The Giant Rat of Sumatra

A while ago, I said that it sure looked as if David Reich and Nick Patterson were working out the origin and scope of the Indo-European invasion of Europe. They have more to say on that. The abstract for their … Continue reading

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