Clash of cultures? Archaeology and genetics

  • Mark Pluciennik University of Leicester
Keywords: Genetics, archaeology, Neolithic, rhetoric


This paper examines the ways in which genetic data have been used to interpret the transition to agriculture in Europe over the past two decades, and the relationship of these interpretations to more strictly archaeological explanations. It is suggested that, until recently, those working within the two disciplines have been using not only different data sets and methodologies, but also working within different disciplinary traditions which have inhibited communication and collaboration, and the production of a genuinely integrated field of ‘archaeogenetics’.


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PluciennikM. (2006). Clash of cultures? Archaeology and genetics. Documenta Praehistorica, 33, 39-49.