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Migrations or local interactions? Spheres of interaction in third-millennium BC Central Europe



Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Antiquity
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

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Keywords prehistoric Europe; Czech Republic; Corded Ware; migrations; trans-locality
Description Increasing scholarly interest in past human mobility has provoked intense debate between archaeologists and archaeogeneticists. Explanations advanced by the latter have been criticised for framing explanations in terms of large-scale migrations, lacking underpinning social theory or interest in human behaviour; conversely, archaeologists have been criticised for supplying samples but no intellectual input. This article uses examples of ceramics and chipped stone tools to illustrate local interactions within regional Eneolithic Corded Ware culture in Moravia, demonstrating that what may appear as a homogeneous archaeological culture spread by mass migration can be understood as a more complex series of overlapping, local cultural changes.

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