Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Exploring the Archaeological Migration Narrative: The Introduction of Farming and Animal Husbandry in Southern Norway


Active 2021/2022 Humanities - Theology


The project aims to create an interdisciplinary dialogue to bring the dominant archaeological and archaeogenetic migration narrative up to date with the archaeological and anthropological discourse on human mobilities, identities and social change and to further explore its implications for our understanding of human movements in prehistory. We will especially focus on interlinking the archaeological material of southern Norway, in the contexts of the larger region of northwestern Europe during the 4th and 3rd millennium BC. The emphasis will be on the role human mobility and migration in the introduction and establishment of farming and animal husbandry. This region has so far not played a sufficiently important role in the development of more general models of prehistoric migration, yet we believe its unique characteristics could strongly impact the direction of research more widely.



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