Welcome to the first 'The Transformation of Europe in the Third Millennium BC' conference

The preliminary programme for the first 'The Transformation of Europe in the Third Millennium BC' conference is now published. The conference will be held mid-October in Riva, Italy. A second conference following the same theme will follow in April, 2024 in Budapest, Hungary.
The programme for Riva conference is now published

The next months will bring exciting progress in our understanding of Third Millennium BC archaeology in Europe.

Exactly 25 years after the ‘Bell Beakers Today’ international conference in Riva del Garda / Italy, scholars from across Europe have committed themselves to participating in a momentous scientific event. Under the umbrella title of 'The Transformation of Europe in the Third Millennium BC', two distinct conferences, however mirroring each other, will be held in two different parts of Europe six months apart. 

The sole purpose for these two meetings will be to develop and deepen, through an interdisciplinary approach, all aspects that in recent years have contributed to outlining a new interpretative framework of the cultural and social transformation of Europe in the Third Millennium BC. Scholars will pursue such in a constructive dialogue between archaeology, anthropology, genetics/genomics, linguistics and other biological and environmental disciplines.


The first meeting, over four days with 26 lecture contributions organized in six sessions with two keynotes each, will take place in October 25-28, 2023 in the Centro Congressi of Riva del Garda, Trentino, Italy. Its focus will be on the mid and second half of the Third Millennium BC, particularly Bell Beakers in the west and south. Check out the programme on the site www.TransformEurope1Riva2023.com .

The second meeting will then be held in Budapest in April 24-27, 2024 and will cover the late Fourth and first half of the Third Millennium BC, here particularly Yamnaya, Globular Amphoras and Corded Wares in the east, center and north. The conference webpage will be published later.


We are looking forward seeing you in Riva del Garda and later in Budapest, either in person or via a remote option.

Franco Nicolis (Archaeological Heritage Office, Trento, Italy)

Volker Heyd (University of Helsinki, Finland) 

Gabriella Kulcsár (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary)