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Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings (Revised and Updated Edition) 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Jean Manco is a building historian who trained within an archaeological unit and applies an interdisciplinary approach to her work. She is also the author of Blood of the Celts.
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Manco brings to past "knowledge" hundreds of research details to both strengthen and elaborate on the
neolithic (and older) migrations that peopled eastern Eurasia. This is a book paralleling Nicholas Ostler's language history, "Empires of the Word".
As one working example, Manco traces the invention of the spoked-wheel in Sintashta on the edge of the west Siberian steppe around 2100 BC, to the invention and use of chariots by early (and purely) Indo-European speakers. One "band" of these is detailed by both linguistic and DNA record after they pass through Khorasan into the Persian highlands, emerge to conquer the Assyrians, and remain today after more than two MORE millenia as the always-surviving Kurds.
At least a rudimentary knowledge of mtDNA and Y-chromosome evidence, and how it is traced, would be helpful to the reader, as the analysis of various haplogroups and their effects is re-visited on every page.