A closer look at horse-riding cattle herders from Russia
What do we know about the massive changes that took place in Europe some 5 000 years ago? Its reverberations as regards genetic ancestry, social organisation and European languages remain visible. By focusing on the Yamnaya, horse-riding cattle herders from Russia, the EU-funded YMPACT project will study their distribution in the steppe landscapes of modern-day Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Serbia. The research team will also conduct field studies and sample collections. Specifically, the project will shed light on their interaction pattern, physical appearance and population dynamics as well as their mobility, diet, occupation and lifestyle. It will study the data from 320 excavated burial mounds and more than 1 000 burials to calibrate these changes.
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