'The Transformation of Europe in the 3rd Millennium BC' conference posters and abstracts published

The second part of the inspiring and international 'Transformation of Europe in the Third Millennium BC' conference series is around the corner. The conference will be held 24-27 April in Budapest and streamed online worldwide. Check out the multidisciplinary programme as well as the conference abstracts and posters.
Conference programme

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


Ádám Bede, Orsolya Valkó, Kristóf Süveges, Balázs Deák: A Sacred Place in the Urban Landscape: the Kálvária-domb (‘Calvary Mound’) in Szentes, Hungary


Rasmus G. Bjørn: Eurasia Connected—Communication Networks of the 4th and 3rd Millennia BC

Balázs Deák, Mariann Bálint, Béla Mester, Orsolya Valkó, János Dani: Restoration of Natural Steppe Grasslands after Archaeological Excavations on Kurgans – A Case Study from Hungary

Dániel Gerber, Zoltán Dicső, Kornél Herpai, Géza Szabó, Róbert Bozi, Noémi Borbély, Gabriella Kulcsár, Botond Heltai, Balázs Gusztáv Mende, Viktória Kiss, Anna Szécsényi-Nagy: Genomic Refugium of Pre-Domestication Horse Lineages in the Bronze Age Carpathian Basin

Alexander V. Gorelik: Examining the Transformation of Europe in the 3rd Millennium BC through a Socio-linguistic Analysis of the IE — pre-IE interface

László Gucsi: Reconstructing Encrusted Patterns

Florian Helmecke: Non-Single Graves in a Single-Graves World. Double and Multiple Burials in Corded Ware Societies

Mykyta Ivanov: Violant Agriculturalist

Svitlana Ivanova: Transport of the Budzhak Culture: Wagons, Sleds, Boats

Petar Minkov: An attempt to Specify the Chronology of Graves (T-3 and T-52) from Zimnicea in the Context of the Yamnaya Culture in Southeastern Thrace

Louise Olerud: Becoming Binary? A Network Analysis into Gendered Burial Practices of the Third Millennium BCE

Violetta Reiter: The Leithaprodersdorf Stele. The Missing Link between Eastern and Western Megalithics

Vajk Szeverényi: Metals, Innovations and the Transformation of Society in the Early Bronze Age Carpathian Basin


Dmytro Teslenko: The “Kvityana Wave”: In Whose Footsteps Did the Yamnaya People go into Europe?

Zheni Vasileva: Spirals of Gold and Silver: The Bijoux of the 3rd Millennium BC


The conference is built in six thematic sessions with four to five speakers and two keynote speakers per session. The session keywords are:
1) Early steppe interactions from the mid to the end of the fourth millennium BC between the Caucasus and the Carpathians;
2) Yamnaya divided? Yamnaya East – Yamnaya West;
3) In and around the Carpathian Basin at the end of the fourth and in the first half of the third millennium BC;
4) Globular Amphora societies in changing worlds; and
5) Corded Ware and parallel societies in the third millennium BC.
6) A special session at the end of the conference is devoted to the ‘big picture’ of Eurasia, also bringing the two conferences together, while emphasizing migrations, interactions and mixing, and cultural change.

Check all the abstracts from the link below.