CAS Talk 'Long Before Brexit' by Alison Sheridan

07.10.2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk (jointly with the Prehistoric Society)
'Long Before Brexit' by Alison Sheridan
Monday 7th October 2019 at 6pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ

The question of immigration has been at the front of people’s minds as the Brexit ‘situation’ unfolds (or rather, unravels). It has also come to the fore in contemporary archaeology, as a way of explaining cultural and economic change that had suffered from several decades of rejection. What has brought it back onto the table is the result of isotopic and, above all, ancient DNA analysis – the latter helping us to find out who we are and from where we came. This lecture will examine the current debate about human migration as it relates to two major changes in British and Irish prehistory: first, the appearance of a farming way of life around 4000 BC, and secondly, the appearance of metalworking know-how and a host of other Continental novelties during the 25th century BC.
Members of the Society are welcome to bring guests; junior members of the University are welcome at all meetings.