Historical knowledge

Matthew Walsh

The project entitled “Tracing cultural transmission by phylogenetic analyses” focuses on Bronze Age oak-coffin burial traditions and their associated grave goods. The project seeks to identify potential differences between cultural traditions related to these iconic Early Bronze Age burials using a combination of archaeological and geoarchaeological data. Utilizing new data generated by the “Tales of Bronze Age Women Project”, this research explores whether migrating peoples significantly brought their own cultural traditions – material or otherwise –with them from abroad as they entered new cultural landscapes in Northern Europe. It wishes to investigate to what degree did individuals assimilate (or not) into the existing sociocultural traditions of their new homelands during this key prehistoric period in Europe characterized by long-distance contacts.

The project aims to generate further insights into how complex cultural dynamics can be observed from the archaeological record and further provide new ways of investigating the wealth of materials already extant in museum collections.

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