A good article at Haaretz by Ruth Schuster "For Whom the 'Bell Beaker' Tolls: One of Archaeology's Longest Running Mysteries Finally Solved" whose title is a play on a paper by Vander Linden.
Solved? It did clarify some central questions, some that had obvious answers based on physical anthropology. Relationship to Corded Ware? Answer that.
|Beaker Double Burial at Trumpington Meadows, Cambridge (Dave Webb, Cambridge Archaeological Unit)|
“It’s not necessarily a story of violent conquest,” Armit said. “There is some evidence of a declining population and increased growth of forests, suggesting that agriculture was in decline. We could be looking at climate change, or even an epidemic of imported disease to which they had no resistance. But we certainly now have the evidence that they were replaced – and they never came back.”
|Two of the Harvard samples, 18 year old male, 16 year old female, same grave (Dave Webb)|
Basically. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but at the moment we know next to nothing of the other islands, Ireland in particular.
A number of universities report the findings.
Hungarian Academy of Sciences "Practically the entire population of the British Isles was replaced"
Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat Munchen "Pots, people and knowledge transfer"
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona "Ancient DNA reveals impact of the "Beaker Phenomenon" on prehistoric Europeans"
University of Cambridge "Ancient DNA reveals impact of the "Beaker Phenomenon" on Prehistoric Europeans"