Gülşah Merve Kılınç
Gülşah Merve Kılınç is the lead-author of an international study about how early farming may have spread over Europe.

”We already know that farming and a more sedentary lifestyle spread between populations in Anatolia and the Near East some 10,000 years ago, and it was people from central Anatolia that brought the farming techniques with them to Europe”, says Gülşah Merve Kılınç at the Archaeological Research Laboratory at Stockholm University.

”But this is not the whole truth, when we examine all the data that has been produced from early farmers and hunter-gatherers, it does actually look as if the most south-eastern part of Europe, the Aegean coast and archipelago, might have picked up the techniques themselves. Actually, with the data we have at hand at the moment, the Aegean’s are as likely bearers of these techniques to Europe as the central Anatolians are. We need more data to really say if the early spread of farming came with Aegean or Anatolian migrants”.

Gülşah Merve Kılınç is the lead-author on an international study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Science B.

Read more about the research in the blog Ancient DNA Research by Anders Götherström, Professor of Molecular Archaeology.