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Migration in the Bronze Age has been in the news recently with the publication of a new study which suggests that in Britain, individuals connected to Beaker pots seem to be a distinct, genetically related group that almost wholly replaced the island’s earlier inhabitants. Earlier research had also investigated migration to Ireland during this time period.

The Amesbury Archer had previously hinted at the movement of at least some individuals when research using oxygen isotope analysis in the Archer’s tooth enamel suggested that he may have originated from an alpine region of central Europe. Meanwhile, the Boscombe Bowmen, although perhaps not so well-travelled, had grown up in the areas either of modern Wales or in the Lake District, but left in childhood.