Do, 7-10-2021 | 7 pm

The Archaeological Conference of Central Germany | 7-9 October 2021

Crossing boundaries

Mounted nomads in Central Europe, their eastern roots and connections


keynote lecture by Walter Pohl

Forms of interaction and patterns of identification in the early medieval Eurasian steppes
5-8 Okt 2021 | Munich | 53. Deutscher Historikertag


Walter Pohl | Wednesday 6 Oct 15:15–18:00 UTC+2

Frühmittelalterliche Migrationen und Identitäten im Spiegel naturwissenschaftlicher DNA-Analysen

Pat Geary | Wednesday 6 Oct 18:45–20:30 UTC+2

Genetic History oder einfach Geschichte: die Integration genomischer Daten in die historische Forschung


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ERC SyG HistoGenes

Walter Pohl
Ingrid Hartl


Ingrid Hartl
(Coordinator ERC HistoGenes)

Fri, September 24 2021 | 5.00 pm CEST | online

Public Lecture by Zuzana Hofmanová

Going Beyond Multidisciplinarity to Investigate 1st millennium CE in Central Europe:

Integrating Ancient Genomics, Anthropology, Archaeology and History

As you read this text, an unprecedented amount of ancient genomes are being generated from human skeletal remains found during archaeological excavations in the Carpathian Basin and surrounding regions. Those remains date mostly to the second half of 1st millenium and, in the project called HistoGenes, they can help us investigate questions of mobility, ethnicity, health and relatedness in these turbulent yet formative periods of European history. A key ambition of the project is to interlink the disciplines contributing their knowledge at every stage of the project to showcase how integration of genetic data into historical discourse can be achieved. And vice versa, how genetic analysis can be enriched by inclusion of insights, perspectives and hypotheses of other disciplines. This talk will discuss these issues and give an outlook why such integrative interdisciplinary approaches are important in today’s world more broadly.

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23 – 25 September 2021


Plenary Meeting

Institute for Medieval Research

Public Lecture by Zuzana Hofmanová on September 24 2021


9 September 2021 | EAA Annual Meeting 2021


European Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting




co-organised by HistoGenes team members
Anna Szécsényi-Nagy and István Koncz

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Wed, May 5 2021 | 5.30 pm CEST

Lecture by Patrick J. Geary

Prove genetiche, fenomeni migratori e strutture sociali nel primo period longobardo in Italia

This paper is presented in the seminar Tra Antropologia e Storia: Nuove Prospettive.
For details see the poster.


Access via Microsoft Teams, to register, please contact info latinitas langobarda

Wed, April 28 2021 | 6:30 IDT (Israeli Daylight Time)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT | 17:30 - 19:00 CEST

Lecture by Patrick J. Geary

HistoGenes: Introducing genomic data into

early medieval history

Organized by the Israeli Forum of Early Medieval Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


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Poster (PDF)


Steppe people exhibition

Senior researcher Falko Daim together with Dominik Heher prepares an exhibition on early medieval mounted steppe warriors from March to November 2022 at the Schallaburg, one of Austria’s main centres for large historical exhibitions, which will then move to the Museum für Vorgeschichte in Halle/Saale (Germany).


The exhibition will be devoted to nomadism and the formation of war elites in the Eurasian steppe zone, but then focuses on the entities of the Huns, Avars, Bulgarians and Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin and Danube region. The comparative perspective will make visible the diversity of their social structures, their cultural characteristics and their material legacy. This exhibition will give a first opportunity to present results from HistoGenes, and to conduct accompanying research on some objects to be exhibited and their significance for an overarching historical narrative.




Questions of terminology

Translating the data of scientific archaeology into historical language

Postponed from September 2020, no date yet

Topic: How do we render the results of genetic and other scientific analyses comprehensible in historical terms and narrativse? In particular, the problem is the terminology in which we describe the different groupings which emerge from the clustering of genetic similarities/differences. To what extent can they be linked to cultural or ethnic labels? When do we need artificial designations, and how could they be constructed? This problem is particularly virulent in using comparative data from other genetic studies, which are already uncritically classed by ethnonyms or the designations of ‘archaeological cultures’. The workshop is not intended to reopen fundamental debates about ‘ethnic interpretation’ of burial evidence, but rather seeks for pragmatic ways to find a consensual language of communication between the disciplines.

Wed, 11.11.2020 | 5:30 p.m.

Presentation of the HistoGenes project at Central European University (CEU)



Thu, 01.10.2020 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Archeology Workshop no. 1


Tue, 18.02.2020 | 16:00h

Presentation of the
ERC Synergy Grant