A matter of months: high precision migration chronology of a Bronze Age female

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A matter of months : high precision migration chronology of a Bronze Age female. / Frei, Karin Margarita; Villa, Chiara; Jørkov, Marie Louise; Allentoft, Morten Erik; Kaul, Flemming; Ethelberg, Per ; Reiter, Samantha S.; Wilson, Andrew S.; Taube, Michelle; Olsen, Jesper; Lynnerup, Niels; Willerslev, Eske; Kristiansen, Kristian; Frei, Robert.

In: PLoS ONE, Vol. 12, No. 6, e0178834, 05.06.2017.

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Frei, KM, Villa, C, Jørkov, ML, Allentoft, ME, Kaul, F, Ethelberg, P, Reiter, SS, Wilson, AS, Taube, M, Olsen, J, Lynnerup, N, Willerslev, E, Kristiansen, K & Frei, R 2017, 'A matter of months: high precision migration chronology of a Bronze Age female', PLoS ONE, vol. 12, no. 6, e0178834. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178834

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Frei, K. M., Villa, C., Jørkov, M. L., Allentoft, M. E., Kaul, F., Ethelberg, P., ... Frei, R. (2017). A matter of months: high precision migration chronology of a Bronze Age female. PLoS ONE, 12(6), [e0178834]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178834

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Frei KM, Villa C, Jørkov ML, Allentoft ME, Kaul F, Ethelberg P et al. A matter of months: high precision migration chronology of a Bronze Age female. PLoS ONE. 2017 Jun 5;12(6). e0178834. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178834

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Frei, Karin Margarita ; Villa, Chiara ; Jørkov, Marie Louise ; Allentoft, Morten Erik ; Kaul, Flemming ; Ethelberg, Per ; Reiter, Samantha S. ; Wilson, Andrew S. ; Taube, Michelle ; Olsen, Jesper ; Lynnerup, Niels ; Willerslev, Eske ; Kristiansen, Kristian ; Frei, Robert. / A matter of months : high precision migration chronology of a Bronze Age female. In: PLoS ONE. 2017 ; Vol. 12, No. 6.

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abstract = "Establishing the age at which prehistoric individuals move away from their childhood residential location holds crucial information about the socio dynamics and mobility patterns in ancient societies. We present a novel combination of strontium isotope analyses performed on the over 3000 year old {"}Skrydstrup Woman{"} from Denmark, for whom we compiled a highly detailed month-scale model of her migration timeline. When combined with physical anthropological analyses this timeline can be related to the chronological age at which the residential location changed. We conducted a series of high-resolution strontium isotope analyses of hard and soft human tissues and combined these with anthropological investigations including CT-scanning and 3D visualizations. The Skrydstrup Woman lived during a pan-European period characterized by technical innovation and great social transformations stimulated by long-distance connections; consequently she represents an important part of both Danish and European prehistory. Our multidisciplinary study involves complementary biochemical, biomolecular and microscopy analyses of her scalp hair. Our results reveal that the Skrydstrup Woman was between 17-18 years old when she died, and that she moved from her place of origin -outside present day Denmark- to the Skrydstrup area in Denmark 47 to 42 months before she died. Hence, she was between 13 to 14 years old when she migrated to and resided in the area around Skrydstrup for the rest of her life. From an archaeological standpoint, this one-time and one-way movement of an elite female during the possible {"}age of marriageability{"} might suggest that she migrated with the aim of establishing an alliance between chiefdoms. Consequently, this detailed multidisciplinary investigation provides a novel tool to reconstruct high resolution chronology of individual mobility with the perspective of studying complex patterns of social and economic interaction in prehistory.",
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AU - Wilson, Andrew S.

AU - Taube, Michelle

AU - Olsen, Jesper

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N2 - Establishing the age at which prehistoric individuals move away from their childhood residential location holds crucial information about the socio dynamics and mobility patterns in ancient societies. We present a novel combination of strontium isotope analyses performed on the over 3000 year old "Skrydstrup Woman" from Denmark, for whom we compiled a highly detailed month-scale model of her migration timeline. When combined with physical anthropological analyses this timeline can be related to the chronological age at which the residential location changed. We conducted a series of high-resolution strontium isotope analyses of hard and soft human tissues and combined these with anthropological investigations including CT-scanning and 3D visualizations. The Skrydstrup Woman lived during a pan-European period characterized by technical innovation and great social transformations stimulated by long-distance connections; consequently she represents an important part of both Danish and European prehistory. Our multidisciplinary study involves complementary biochemical, biomolecular and microscopy analyses of her scalp hair. Our results reveal that the Skrydstrup Woman was between 17-18 years old when she died, and that she moved from her place of origin -outside present day Denmark- to the Skrydstrup area in Denmark 47 to 42 months before she died. Hence, she was between 13 to 14 years old when she migrated to and resided in the area around Skrydstrup for the rest of her life. From an archaeological standpoint, this one-time and one-way movement of an elite female during the possible "age of marriageability" might suggest that she migrated with the aim of establishing an alliance between chiefdoms. Consequently, this detailed multidisciplinary investigation provides a novel tool to reconstruct high resolution chronology of individual mobility with the perspective of studying complex patterns of social and economic interaction in prehistory.

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