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In Search of the Indo-Europeans Paperback – April 1, 1991
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With the skill of a forensic scientist, Dr. Mallory traces the immediate origins of each of the Indo-European peoples of Europe and Asia. By comparing their languages he demonstrates their common cultural heritage, and through the technique of comparative mythology he examines their earliest beliefs.
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He finally suggests the Pontic-Caspian region. I found myself pulling out my Atlas and finally asking Jeeves what "Pontic" means. It is the region between the Caspian and the Black Sea. Here, numerous rivers empty into the Black Sea. which was once a fresh water lake. Noah's Flood documents how a cataclysmic flood changed it and drove the people around it away.
Even though Mallory wrote before the rich resource of genetic evidence became available, his evidence precludes the theory that the flood was the major reason for the spread of the Indo-Europeans. Such an event would have displaced many people, but they would probably be absorbed into the surrounding populations. The drought that brought people to the drying fresh water lake in the first place would have promoted the development and spread of the mobile pastoral horse-culture that characterized the Indo-Europeans.
In historic times whenever the conditions on the steppe became too dry, the nomads literally headed for greener pastures, often coming into conflict with the people who were already there.
Archaeologists do not like to infer prehistoric migrations from what little they find in the ground, however it is clear from both cultural and linguistic evidence that they took place. Adding recent genetic data only confirms it. I was compelled to find out more about that evidence and went on to read Mapping Human History which will be the subject of my next review.
The book is written from the point of view of an archeologist who has knowledge of historical linguistic methods. For dating the author uses dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating. He tells the story of how the Indo-Europeans where discovered, and then takes you on a journey to find out who are they in Asia, and who are they in Europe. The book also discusses an overview of Proto-Indo-European culture and an overview of Indo-European religion. Then the author gives you the theories of the Indo-European homeland and the problems associated with each theory and gives HIS most like homeland based on his thoughts and discussions.
What makes this book different is that it is easy to read and the author assumes that you know nothing about the subject and explains things very well. He doesn't only depend on the linguistics but also on the archeology and what is known of the history of Proto-Indo-European culture.
Another book that must be read to know about the Indo-Europeans!