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Potsherd with typical ornamentation of Säräisniemi 1 wares (KM30561:799). Photo: P. Pesonen

Early pottery use in Finland

A newly published study undertaken at the Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University, in collaboration with the Finnish Heritage Agency in Helsinki, demonstrates new evidence of pottery use from early pottery sequences recovered from coastal and inland hunter-gatherer sites in present-day Finland.

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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.

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.

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