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Tales of Bronze Age Women/ Tales of Bronze Age People

Tales of Bronze Age Women

Tales of Bronze Age Women is a 3-year multi-disciplinary research project that investigates the mobility, identity and social roles of Bronze Age Women in Denmark. The project, which is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, focuses thus on state-of-the-art biogeochemical, biomolecular, anthropological and archaeological investigations of human remains.

Tales of Bronze Age People

Tales of Bronze Age People is a “Semper Ardens” interdisciplinary research project, which is a continuation of the ongoing “Tales of Bronze Age Women” research project, both of which are supported by the Carlsberg Foundation. The aim of Tales of Bronze Age People is to shed light on the potential significance that human mobility might have had for the social development that is observed during the Bronze Age. In relation to “Tales of Bronze Age Women”, this new project will expand the investigation of human mobility over the next three years through multi-disciplinary analyses of an additional number of women, as well as men and children from both elite and commoners’ burials. The focus will still be on Danish material. The project is interdisciplinary and uses “state-of-the-art” scientific and physical anthropological methodologies as well as phylogenetic analyses.

In addition to the National Museum's own rich collection of human skeletal material, the project includes collaboration with a number of local museums with additional collections of human skeletal material from previous and ongoing excavations. The results of the scientific analyses will be combined and integrated with the archaeological evidence, thereby providing a more detailed and contextualized knowledge of mobility and trade as a potential driving force for change in Bronze Age society.

Research team

Project director, Research Professor, Karin M. Frei works together with a team of researchers from a variety of fields and from different institutions including archaeologists, museum curators, geneticists, forensic scientists, textile experts, geologists, geochemists, anthropologists, etc.

News

Our research and results are of interest for the general public, and we aim to publish our results on the web and social media. Read more about how we use interdisciplinary research to map out prehistoric lives.

Publications

Our goal is to publish the results of our research in a number of peer-reviewed international journals, some of which will be Open Acces (links are available on the publications page). We will also make our results availabe though popular publications, conferences, talks and social media.

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