The Prehistoric Bases of Modern Europe

We warmly invite you to attend the multi-disciplinary event on the Prehistoric Bases of Modern Europe, organized on the Tiedekulma Stage in Helsinki on April 29th, 2019.

On the occasion of the Helsinki visit of Professor David Anthony (Hartwick College), archaeologists, geneticists and linguists present and discuss latest interdisciplinary research results on the epic story of the “when”, “how” and “under which circumstances” Europeans and Finns, European and Finnish culture, and their languages were formed before history.

Dr. David W. Anthony is a specialist in the questions of Indo-European archaeology and languages. He has worked as a professor of anthropology at Hartwick College (NY, USA), and conducted fieldwork mostly in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Anthony is the author of the renowned book “The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World” (2007).



Janne Saarikivi (linguistics) & Volker Heyd (archaeology): Introduction

Volker Heyd: The social institutions on which Europe is built: Prehistoric origins, background and links

Päivi Onkamo (genetics): Recap of recent European human aDNA results – large-scale migrations through millennia

Riho Grünthal (linguistics): The rise and fall of languages in prehistoric (Northern) Europe

Keynote David Anthony & Dorcas Brown (Hartwick College, USA): Indo-European origins through linguistic, archaeological, and ancient DNA perspectives