The aftermath of the Neolithic transition has the longest pedigree of any topic in archaeogenetics and is an ideal lens through which to track the growth of the discipline. Here, I retrace from a personal perspective the history of archaeogenetic accounts of the European Neolithic, including some of the missteps and stumbles along the way. In particular, I emphasize the neglect of the uniparental markers, especially mitochondrial DNA, in much recent work. I argue that incorporating such analyses can move on the narratives written using aDNA from sweeping, broad-brush narratives to more nuanced discussion of the detailed processes involved in colonisation and integration. As a case study, I take a closer look at the mitochondrial and Y-chromosome evidence from Neolithic Britain and Ireland, illustrating the complexity of the picture emerging for both the Neolithic transition and the arrival of Beaker-using people, at the beginning and end of the period.
|Title of host publication||Ancient DNA and the European Neolithic|
|Subtitle of host publication||Relations and Descent|
|Editors||Alasdair Whittle, Joshua Pollard, Susan Greaney|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Dec 2022|
|Name||Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers|