Demography: fluctuation, composition and mobility

This session will focus on methods and results for research on Bronze Age demography and population patterns. New scientific methods such as aDNA and isotope analyses now allow us to discuss details relating to for example individual mobility, as well as the composition of groups.  Similarly, analyses of 14C-dates may suggest fluctuations in population density.  However, also more traditional studies of burials, settlements and artefacts provide insight into demographic variations and contrasts, such as changes in demographic clustering, contemporaneity of houses on sites, age distributions etc.

This session will explore the potential and limitations of various methods and statistical approaches as well as discuss the implications of results. Papers are invited from all Nordic and neighbouring regions, i.e. also beyond the core area of the Nordic Bronze age, in order to discuss possible contrasts or relations between demographic patterns.


Session organisers

Charlotte Damm

Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway


Jutta Kneisel

Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology, Kiel University


Martin Hinz

Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology, Kiel University

Published Oct. 10, 2016 9:59 PM - Last modified Oct. 10, 2016 9:59 PM