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Baltic Farmers

4 February 2017

It seems that Baltic hunter gatherers took up farming in a piecemeal fashion and there is no evidence of admixture with migrants from Anatolia. It's all in the DNA. Go to https://phys.org/print405258354.html … which upsets some of the present thinking on the matter as migration Anatolian farmers are generally thought to have brought the way of life into central and western Europe (along the Danube valley and around the Mediterranean coast into the Atlantic). The study is in Current Biology (Jan 2017) and differentiates between the Baltic and central Europe.

The same story is at http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2017/article/baltic-hunter-g… … which is almost word for word and reflects the news release. The research team come from Trinity College in Dublin, University College in Dublin, and Cambridge University. There was a trace of steppe DNA in one of the samples – which isn't a surprise. However, the date may be as it belongs to between 5000 and 7000 years ago.

At www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/abu-dhabi-archaeologists-unearth-rare-we… …. Abu Dhabi. A well preserved stone house has been discovered dating back over 7000 years ago. It was found on Marawah Island, just offshore. This suggests it was all part of the maritime trade network of the Middle East region. Archaeologists are now thinking of digging a complete Neolithic village as there are mounds in the vicinity, some of which are much bigger than the mound they worked on.

At https://www.sciencenews.org/article/iron-age-secrets-exhumed-from-riches… … which refers to a buried tomb dated around 583BC, in a German cemetery on the other side of the Danube from a prominent Iron Age hill fort known as the Heuneburg. It has provided evidence of a long time trade route between northern Europe (beyond the Alps) and the Mediterranean region. The study is in the journal Antiquity (Jan 2017, page 108).

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