Archaeology and the Origin of European Identities

Human identities are constructed through material, biological and cognitive resources and in the context of Representation of our human pastsocial structures, political authority and historical contingency. Archaeology is now poised to play a central role in gaining an understanding of the cultural and biological trajectories that have shaped the ethnic identities in Europe. This can be now accomplished through interdisciplinary synthesis combining anthropological, archaeological, genetic and linguistic evidence. The construction of community through routine practice, the outward display of identity through physical and conceptual marking of boundaries, patterns of contact, exchange, marriage alliance and gene flow and the imposition and/or suppression of identity by dominant social groups are all research themes at the current frontier of archaeological research.

Genetic evidence

Recent publications

1996 Farmers Our Ancestors and the Identity of Europe. In S. Jones, C. Gamble and P. Graves (eds.), Europeanmap to show distributions Communities: Archaeology and the Construction of Cultural Identity. London: Routledge. 145–166
2000 The Social Context of the Agricultural Transition in Europe. In Renfrew, C. and Boyle, K. (eds): Archaeogenetics. DNA and the population of prehistoric Europe. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, 57–79
2001 Revisiting Indreko’s culture historical model: ‘origin and area of settlement of the Finno-Ugrian peoples’. Trames 5 (55/50): 26–47
2002 Indo-European dispersals and agricultural transition in Europe: culture, genes and language. In Julku, K. (ed) The Roots of Peoples and Languages of Northern Eurasia, Historica Fenno Ugrica 5, Societas Historiae Fenno-Ugricae, Oulu, 318–343
2004 Who were we 6000 years ago? In search of prehistoric identities. In M. Jones (ed): Traces of Ancestry: studies in honour of Colin Renfrew, 41-60. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge