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Kinship practices in Early Iron Age South-east Europe: genetic and isotopic analysis of burials from the Dolge njive barrow cemetery, Dolenjska, Slovenia

Armit, Ian; Fischer, Claire-Elise; Koon, Hannah; Nicholls, Rebecca; Olalde, Iñigo; Rohland, Nadin; Buckberry, Jo; Montgomery, Janet; Mason, Philip; Črešnar, Matija; Büster, Lindsey; Reich, David

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Authors

Ian Armit

Claire-Elise Fischer

Hannah Koon

Rebecca Nicholls

Iñigo Olalde

Nadin Rohland

Jo Buckberry

Philip Mason

Matija Črešnar

Lindsey Büster

David Reich



Abstract

The burial of multiple individuals within a single funerary monument invites speculation about the relationships between the deceased: were they chosen on the basis of status, gender or relatedness, for example? Here, the authors present the results of aDNA and isotope analyses conducted on seven individuals from an Early Iron Age barrow at Dolge njive, south-eastern Slovenia. All seven individuals are close biological relatives. While the group composition suggests strict adherence to neither patrilineal nor matrilineal structures, the funerary tradition appears highly gendered, and family links through both the male and female lines seem important in structuring of the community. The results have implications for understanding of kinship and funerary practices in late prehistoric Europe.

Citation

Armit, I., Fischer, C., Koon, H., Nicholls, R., Olalde, I., Rohland, N., …Reich, D. (2023). Kinship practices in Early Iron Age South-east Europe: genetic and isotopic analysis of burials from the Dolge njive barrow cemetery, Dolenjska, Slovenia. Antiquity, 97(392), 403-418. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2023.2

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 29, 2022
Online Publication Date Feb 17, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date May 31, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2023
Journal Antiquity
Print ISSN 0003-598X
Electronic ISSN 1745-1744
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 97
Issue 392
Pages 403-418
DOI https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2023.2

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