The ERC project “The Fall” explores changes in migration and conflict at the end of the Bronze Age (ca.1300-1000 BC) and their relevance for understanding the collapse of Europe's first urban civilisation in the Aegean and proto-urban groups of the Balkans. The objective is to uncover the human face of this turning point in European prehistory by directly tracing the movement of people and the spread of new social practices across cultural boundaries. Hotly debated ancient tales of migrations are tested for the first time using recent advances in genetic and isotopic methods that can measure human mobility. Combined with mortuary research, this will precisely define relations between personal mobility and status, gender, identity and health to explore social scenarios in which people moved between groups.
The aim of this PhD project will be to generate and analyse genome-wide human ancient DNA data for a large sample (n more than 400) of human skeletal remains from different archaeological contexts in the eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans to explore the effects of migration on the fate of Bronze Age societies towards the end of the Bronze Age around 1200 BC.
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