Neolithic pots and potters in Europe: the end of ‘demic diffusion’ migratory model


  • Mihael Budja Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana



Eurasia, neolithisation, demic diffusion, pottery, human DNA and aDNA


In this paper we discuss the inventions and re-inventions of ceramic technology and pot- tery dispersals in foraging and farming contexts in Eurasia. We focus on narratives that operate with- in interpretative paradigms that suggest movements of unidirectional colonisation and ‘demic’ diffusion, and a correlation between pottery and human DNA haplogroup distributions in Europe in the Initial Neolithic. In addition, we present the results of ancient, Mesolithic and Neolithic mitochon- drial DNA analyses, which suggest variations in population trajectories in prehistoric Europe. We comment on a hypothesis presented recently on the correlation between the distribution of the lactase (LCT) gene –13 910*T in the modern population of Europe, which has been shown to be associated with lactase persistence and dairying, and the Neolithic transition to farming in Central Europe.


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8. 12. 2013




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Budja, M. (2013). Neolithic pots and potters in Europe: the end of ‘demic diffusion’ migratory model. Documenta Praehistorica, 40, 38-56.

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