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Bell Beaker people in Britain : migration, mobility and diet.

Parker Pearson, Mike and Chamberlain, Andrew and Jay, Mandy and Richards, Mike and Sheridan, Alison and Curtis, Neil and Evans, Jane and Gibson, Alex and Hutchison, Margaret and Mahoney, Patrick and Marshall, Peter and Montgomery, Janet and Needham, Stuart and O’Mahoney, Sandra and Pellegrini, Maura and Wilkin, Neil (2016) 'Bell Beaker people in Britain : migration, mobility and diet.', Antiquity., 90 (351). pp. 620-637.


The appearance of the distinctive ‘Beaker package’ marks an important horizon in British prehistory, but was it associated with immigrants to Britain or with indigenous converts? Analysis of the skeletal remains of 264 individuals from the British Chalcolithic–Early Bronze Age is revealing new information about the diet, migration and mobility of those buried with Beaker pottery and related material. Results indicate a considerable degree of mobility between childhood and death, but mostly within Britain rather than from Europe. Both migration and emulation appear to have had an important role in the adoption and spread of the Beaker package.

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Publisher statement:Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2016 This paper has been published in a revised form, subsequent to editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in 'Antiquity' (90: 351 (2016) 620-637)
Date accepted:30 June 2015
Date deposited:07 December 2015
Date of first online publication:17 May 2016
Date first made open access:07 December 2015

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