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Beaker people in Britain: migration, mobility and diet

Parker Pearson, Mike, Chamberlain, Andrew, Jay, Mandy, Richards, Mike, Sheridan, Alison, Curtis, Neil, Evans, Jane, Gibson, Alex, Mahoney, Patrick, Marshall, Peter, and others. (2016) Beaker people in Britain: migration, mobility and diet. Antiquity, 90 (351). 620 -637. ISSN 1745-1744. (doi:10.15184/aqy.2016.72) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:55689)

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The appearance of the distinctive ‘Beaker package’ marks an important horizon in British prehistory, but was it associated with immigrants to Britain or with indigenous converts? Analysis of the skeletal remains of 264 individuals from the British Chalcolithic–Early Bronze Age is revealing new information about the diet, migration and mobility of those buried with Beaker pottery and related material. Results indicate a considerable degree of mobility between childhood and death, but mostly within Britain rather than from Europe. Both migration and emulation appear to have had an important role in the adoption and spread of the Beaker package.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.15184/aqy.2016.72
Uncontrolled keywords: Britain; Bronze Age; Beaker; migration; mobility; diet; Bayesian analysis; isotope analysis; osteology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biological Anthropology
Depositing User: Patrick Mahoney
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 13:52 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:11 UTC
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