On May the 27th and 28th the ATLAS group held a meeting in Skane where members were updated on ongoing projects, and introduced to some new projects as well. The meeting also included a list of invited speakers such as geneticist Bengt Bengtsson and archaeologist and author Jonathan Lindström, who gave their experienced insights into communicating genetic and archaeological results to the public.

 

Archaeologists Jan Apel and Bengt Soderberg led the group on an excursion to Kampinge where excavation has uncovered parts of a Late Mesolithic settlement; and Old Uppakra, a large archaeological site that was thought to be the power center of the region through the Bronze and Iron Age. The Kampinge excavation site is of the Ertebolle culture, described as hunter-gatherers, fishers and pottery makers in Mesolithic Europe. This particular site is one of the first excavated in Kampinge by the Lund University, and although no human remains have been found at this particular site, future investigations may reveal material which may be of future interest to the ATLAS project.

The Uppakra site has been of interest to archaeologists since it was first excavated in 1934. Graves dating to the Stone and Bronze Ages have been discovered at the site, but during the Iron Age Uppakra became a large settlement where much trading and crafting took place. It is also believed that this Iron Age settlement served as the place where rulers and aristocracy of that time may have resided. Samples dating to this period have been excavated and may potentially be of interest to the Iron Age projects of the ATLAS group.