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International Conference
The Transformation of Europe
in the Third Millennium BC

Budapest, Hungary


24 – 27 April 2024

photo by János Dani

Conference Programme

Each keynote presentation will last for 45 minutes, including any discussion afterward

Each other presentation will last for 30 minutes and will also include any discussion

Discussions at the end of each session and at the end of the day are planned for around 30 minutes

Online stream of the conference is available here:

Day 1 – Wednesday, 24 April, 2024

8.30 – Registration

9.00 – 9.15 Volker Heyd, Franco Nicolis & Gabriella Kulcsár: Introduction to the ‘Transformation'

Session 1
Early Steppe Interactions from the Mid to the End of Fourth Millennium BC between the Caucasus and the Carpathians


9.15 – 10.00 Keynote paper Svend Hansen: The 4th Millennium BC between the Carpathians and the Caucasus. New Results on Technologies and Innovations


10.00 – 10.30 Sabine Reinhold, Wolfgang Haak, Ayshin Ghalichi, and Christina Warinner: Bioarchaeology of Innovations – The 4th/3rd Millennium BC in the Caucasus and Beyond


10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break


11.00 – 11.30 Igor Manzura: Sequence of Changes in the Northwest Pontic Region in the 4th Millennium BC – Reasons and Consequences

11.30 – 12.00 Stefan Alexandrov and Piotr Włodarczak: Pre-Yamna Barrow Graves in Bulgaria. Current Stage of the Investigations

12.00 – 12.45 Keynote paper Piotr Włodarczak: Migrations – Transformations – Long-distance Unifications on the Steppes of South-Eastern Europe in 4th Millennium BC


12.45 – 13.00 Discussion after the first session


13.00 – 14.30 Lunch for invitees & posters


Session 2
Yamnaya Divided? Yamnaya East – Yamnaya West


14.30 – 15.15 Keynote paper Elke Kaiser: The Yamnaya Cultural Horizon North of the Black Sea – The Current State of Research


15.15 – 15.45 Stefano Palalidis and Denis Topal: Yamnaya Funerary Trends and Socio-Economic Dynamics in the East and West


15.45 – 16.15 Eva Rosenstock and Martin Trautmann: On Body Height and Physique: Eneolithic Populations, the Steppe Impact, and Possible Effects on the Metric Phenotype


16.15 – 16.45 Coffee break


16.45 – 17.15 Bianca Preda-Bălănică and Jens Blöcher: Ancestry and Identity in the Balkans and the Carpathian Basin in the 4th and 3rd Millennia BC


17.15 – 18.00 Keynote paper János Dani: 'Moving Westwards' – The Westernmost Yamnaya in the Carpathian Basin


18.00 – 18:30 Final discussion after the first day

Day 2 – Thursday, 25 April, 2024
8.30 – Registration

Session 3
In and around the Carpathian Basin at the End of Fourth and in the First Half of the Third Millennium BC


9.00 – 9.45 Keynote paper Florin Gogâltan: Locals and Foreigners — Transylvania in the 3rd Millennium BC


9.45 – 10.15 Enikő Magyari et alii: Third Millenium BC Climate and Environment in the Pontic Steppe, and the Lower and Middle Danube Regions: What do we know and what is missing?


10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break


10.45 – 11.15 Jacqueline Balen and Ina Miloglav: Late Copper/Early Bronze Age in the Area between the Sava, Drava and Danube Rivers – New Results


11.15 – 11.45 Anna Szécsényi-Nagy et alii: Human Genetics Perspective of the Carpathian Basin at the Dawn of the 3rd Millennium BCE


11.45 – 12.30 Keynote paper Gabriella Kulcsár: Meet along the Danube — Towards to the Bronze Age in the Carpathian Basin

12.30 – 13.00 Discussion after the third session


13.00 –14.00 Lunch for invitees & posters


Session 4
Globular Amphoras in Changing Worlds


14.00 – 14.45 Keynote paper Johannes Müller and Marzena Szmyt: Globular Amphora: Linking Archives of Socio-Cultural Transformations


14.45 – 15.15 Anita Szczepanek, Wojciech Pasterkiewicz, and Piotr Włodarczak: Exploring the Enigmas of Funerary Practices in the Globular Amphora Culture in Southern Poland through Interdisciplinary Analyses


15.15 – 15.45 Coffee break


15.45 – 16.15 Niels N. Johannsen: Globular Amphora Culture, Networks and Migration: A View from the Jutland Peninsula


16.15 – 17.00 Keynote paper Marzena Szmyt and Johannes Müller: Globular Amphora Sedentary Pastoralists in Changing Landscapes


17.00 – 17.30 Final discussion after the second day


19.30– Conference Dinner for invitees in Budapest

Day 3 – Friday, 26 April, 2024
8.30 – Registration

Session 5
Corded Wares and Parallel Societies in the Third Millennium BC


9.00 – 9.45 Keynote paper Quentin Bourgeois: Networks of Information in the Corded Ware Realm


9.45 – 10.15 Martin Sikora: The Origins and Genetic Structure of Corded Ware-Associated Individuals – Insights from Networks of Recent Genetic Co-Ancestry


10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break


10.45 – 11.15 Anna Tornberg: More than Numbers. Multiproxy Analyses of Conflict in the Nordic Corded Ware Complex


11.15 – 11.45 Kerkko Nordqvist: The Corded Ware Expansion into the Northeast European Lowlands: Assessing Environmental, Social and Cultural Challenges

11.45 – 12.30 Keynote paper Albert Hafner: Insights from the Alpine Periphery: Settlements and (rare) Burials 3400–2400 BC


12.30 – 13.00 Discussion after the fifth session


13.00–14.00  Lunch for invitees & posters


14.00– Leaving for excursion to Kiskunság National Park

Day 4 – Saturday, 27 April, 2024
9.00 – Registration

Session 6
Eurasia – A Big Story in the Third Millennium BC


9.30 – 10.15 Keynote paper Martin Furholt: Riva 2023 Recap. Big Picture and Important Details on the 3rd Millennium BCE in Europe


10.15 – 11.15 Keynote paper David Reich & David Anthony and Dorcas R. Brown: The Genetic Origin and Linguistic Expansion of the Indo-Europeans

Part 1 — David Reich: The Genetic Origin of the Indo-Europeans
Part 2 — David Anthony and Dorcas R. Brown: The Yamnaya Origins and the Expansion of Late PIE Languages


11.15 – 11.45 Coffee break and grab a sandwich

11.45 – 12.30 Keynote paper Kristian Kristiansen et alii: Pandemics and Migration: The Neolithic–Corded Ware Transition in Northern Europe

12.30 – 13.15 Overall discussion, led by session keynote speakers (one of each session)


13.15 – 13.30 Volker Heyd, Franco Nicolis & Gabriella Kulcsár: Concluding the Meeting and Farewell


End of Conference

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