Monday, August 26, 2019

Drifting Around Denmark

Get ready for some SGC DNA.  Lots of questions and answers ahead regarding the relationship of SGC with the CWC and BBC nations.  These are the results of radiocarbon analysis on graves associated with the TRB, SGC, CWC and BBC's.  Will update later in the day, getting back in the saddle.

*afternoon update*

Here's one of the individuals that is likely to reveal the genetic affinities of the mysterious Single Gravers.  You may recognize a few of the authors of this paper, and I think a fair guess is that sometime within the next few weeks we'll have a genetic window to Denmark's past like Britain and Spain.  In those previous cases, the isotope/anthropology precedes the genetic paper by a few weeks or months.  They all have RISE numbers assigned, so they may be searchable if you know where to go.


We present results of the largest multidisciplinary human mobility investigation to date of skeletal remains from present-day Denmark encompassing the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC. Through a multi-analytical approach based on 88 individuals from 37 different archaeological localities in which we combine strontium isotope and radiocarbon analyses together with anthropological investigations, we explore whether there are significant changes in human mobility patterns during this period. Overall, our data suggest that mobility of people seems to have been continuous throughout the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC. However, our data also indicate a clear shift in mobility patterns from around 1600 BC onwards, with a larger variation in the geographical origin of the migrants, and potentially including more distant regions. This shift occurred during a transition period at the beginning of the Nordic Bronze Age at a time when society flourished, expanded and experienced an unprecedented economic growth, suggesting that these aspects were closely related.

Mapping human mobility during the third and second millennia BC in present-day Denmark
Karin Margarita Frei, Sophie Bergerbrant, Karl-Göran Sjögren, Marie Louise Jørkov, Niels Lynnerup,
Lise Harvig, Morten E. Allentoft, …  [Link]

Update.  Nick, got your email.  Today as a bit busy so I’ll be checking it out in the morning