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Megalith tombs were used by kindred groups in Stone Age Northwestern Europe

In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, an international research team, led by the Atlas project, discovered kin relationships among Stone Age individuals buried in Megalithic tombs on Ireland and in Sweden. The kin relations suggest that the Megaliths were graves for kindred groups in Stone Age Northwestern Europe.

Available position: postdoctural fellow in Osteoarchaeology

Available postition as a postdoctural fellow in Osteoarchaeology. Application deadline: 2019-05-12.

Available PhD positions

PhD students in Archaeology (2) at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies. Closing date: 15 April 2019.

Available position: Professor of Numismatics and monetary history

The Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies is looking for a Professor of Numismatics and monetary history. The application deadline is 14 March 2019.

Photo of an excavation of a Kazburun burial ground in Southern Urals

Broad genetic variation on the Pontic-Caspian Steppe

The genetic variation within the Scythian nomad group is so broad that it must be explained with the group assimilating people it came in contact with. This is shown in a new study on Bronze and Iron Age genetics of the Pontic-Caspian Steppe, situated in the Black Sea region

Adult male, Sigtuna, buried in the 11th century. Discovered in 2008.

Half the population of the Viking-town Sigtuna were migrants

New analysis of the remains of 38 people who lived and died in the town of Sigtuna during the 10th, 11th and 12th century reveals high genetic variation and a wide scale migration.

This is incipient Jōmon pottery from Hanamiyama site, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Cred

Luxury behind norms during the Stone Age

Already in Stone Age hunter-gatherer society the pursuit of luxury objects was great. Everything was not only about survival and adaptation to the environment and to a changing climate. This is evident in new research from an international research group with, among others, Stockholm University.

3D Image of Birka Dragonhead © Sven Kalmring, Lena Holmquist & Mikael Lundin

Dragonhead found in Birka's Black Earth Harbour can be linked to Viking Age ship figureheads

The ’Birka dragon’ is synonymous with the famous Viking Age town of that name, an association born from 1887 discovery of a casting mould depicting a dragonhead.

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