The encounters of ~3400–2300 BC between the Pitted Ware Culture in Scandinavia and pastoral groups with steppe ancestry who crossed the Baltic and Kattegat and Skagerrak. (subproject 1)
The encounters between the Bell Beaker/Beaker cultures and indigenous groups along the Atlantic façade ~2800–2100 BC. (subproject 2)
Long-distance interaction developing between Scandinavia and the metal-rich Atlantic façade ~2100–1400 BC. (subproject 3)
Maritime connections extending from Scandinavia to Iberia. ~1400/1300–600 BC. (subproject 4)
Our ultimate objective—a synthetic transdisciplinary overview of European prehistory from a maritime perspectiv is ambitious, carrying the potential risk of overreaching. Therefore, our work plan focuses tightly on four specialised subprojects in research areas in which the participants and participating institutions have relevant world-recognised expertise and track records.
Each Subproject will yield new high-quality datasets to fill lingering gaps in the understanding of Europe’s maritime and riverine prehistory.