Beyond the Steppe: The Yamnaya Impact on south-east and central Europe.

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The end of the 4th millennium BC witnessed the movement of eastern steppe populations towards the west and their arrival in south-east Europe. New burial rituals emerged, involving the erection of mounds that can still be seen in the plain landscape of modern countries of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary. They were usually raised for male individuals buried in grave-pits arranged like chambers with mats and wooden covers, lying in supine position with flexed legs, west-east oriented, sprinkled with red ochre and only rarely accompanied by pottery or silver hair-rings. However, the impact of the Yamnaya complex went well beyond the steppe area it was confined to. The innovations brought by these populations changed forever the face of Prehistoric Europe in terms of economy, ideology and society. The current understanding of this complex process, in close relation to new developments in aDNA analyses and isotope studies,is based on concepts such as mobility and migration, interactions, exchanges and transmissions.
Period12 Jun 2019
Event titleThe 15th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium at Lund University.
Event typeConference
LocationLund, SwedenShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational