About the Project

The project’s goal is to identify degrees of mobility of people, things and ideas in order to understand the nature of social and cultural interaction during the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC, that were formative for European later history.

The project is financed by an Advanced Researchers Grant from the European Research Council.

Principal investigator:

Kristian Kristiansen, Professor in Archaeology.
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Project Description

The project aims to explore the role of travels, transmissions and transformation during the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC in northern Europe. It does so by adopting an interdisciplinary methodological approach that combines science and culture. Isotope tracing in combination with recent advances in ancient DNA is employed to test human origins and movements during the two millennia, as well as the origin of wool and textiles. Lead isotope is adopted to trace the origin of copper. Based on this the project will document and explain the forging of new identities and new types of interaction during the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC in temperate northern Europe, but with implications for a much larger region of western Eurasia.

This project is organized around four thematic research groups: