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historic record of the spread of the IndoEuropean languages and the histories of the peoples speaking those languages. This may be augmented by comparing what may be deduced from these languages and histories with studies in archaeology and genetics. That is to say given the information present in the Indo-European languages and the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European language, one may attempt to link this information with results arrived at in archaeology and genetics to construct a more complete picture of the Proto-Indo-Europeans themselves.

Comparative Linguistics
Based on the reconstructed Proto-IndoEuropean language, some things about their culture can be determined with confidence: • they used a kinship system based on relationships between men[1] • they worshiped a sky god,[2] *dyeus ph2tēr (lit. "sky father"; > Gr. Ζευς (πατηρ) / Zeus (patēr); *dieu-ph2tēr > Lat. Jupiter)[3] • they knew transportation by or across water[1] • they practiced agriculture and cultivated cereals, and attested a technology commonly ascribed to early farming communities[2] • they composed and recited heroic poetry or song lyrics that used stock phrases like imperishable fame[1] • the climate they lived in had snow[4] • Stockbreeding and animal husbandry were important to their economy, and their animals included domesticated cattle and horses[1]. They had domesticated the horse - *eḱwos (cf. Latin equus). The cow - *gwous - played a central role, in religion and mythology as well as in daily life. A man’s wealth would have been measured by the number of his animals (small livestock) - *peḱus (cf. English fee, Latin pecunia). • they had knowledge of the domestic dog[1] • they knew the wheel,[1] and had carts with solid wheels, but not yet chariots with spoked wheels

The Proto-Indo-Europeans (PIE) were the speakers of the Proto-Indo-European language, and likely lived around 4000 BC, during the Copper Age and the Bronze Age, or possibly earlier, during the Neolithic or Paleolithic eras. Knowledge of them comes chiefly from the reconstruction of their language, which was the ancestor of the IndoEuropean languages, including English. Their genetics and phenotypes are a subject of speculation.

Evidence For Proto-IndoEuropeans
The Proto-Indo-Europeans are defined as the people who spoke the reconstructed ProtoIndo-European language. Thus the basic information about these pre-historic people arises out of the comparative linguistics of the Indo-European languages as well as the


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What is known about the Proto-IndoEuropeans with any certainty is the result of comparative linguistics of the Indo-European languages, partly supported by archaeology. The following traits are widely agreed-upon, but are hypothetical due to their reconstructed nature. However, the genetic phenotypes that describe them are accepted. The Proto-Indo-Europeans were a patrilineal society, probably half-nomadic, relying on animal husbandry (notably cattle and sheep). They practiced a polytheistic religion centered on sacrificial rites, probably administered by a priestly caste. Burials in barrows or tomb chambers apply to the kurgan culture, in accordance with the original version of the Kurgan hypothesis, but not to the previous Sredny Stog culture nor to the contemporary Corded Ware culture, both of which cultures are also generally associated with PIE (Proto Indo-European). Important leaders would have been buried with their belongings in kurgans, and possibly also with members of their household or wives (human sacrifice, suttee). There is evidence for sacral kingship (see skt. Devarajah), suggesting the tribal king at the same time assumed the role of high priest (cf. Germanic king). Many Indo-European societies know a threefold division of priests, a warrior class and a class of peasants or husbandmen. Such a division was suggested for the Proto-Indo-European society by Georges Dumézil. If there had been a separate class of warriors, then it would probably have consisted of single young men. They would have followed a separate warrior code unacceptable in the society outside their peer-group. Traces of initiation rites in several IndoEuropean societies suggest that this group identified itself with wolves or dogs (see also Berserker, werewolf). Technologically, reconstruction suggests a culture of the early Bronze Age: Bronze was used to make tools and weapons. Silver and gold were known. Sheep were kept for wool, and weaving was practiced for textile production. The wheel was known, certainly for oxdrawn carts, and late Proto-Indo European warfare may also have made use of horsedrawn chariots. The native name of this people cannot be reconstructed with certainty. Aryo-, sometimes upheld as a self-identification of the Indo-Europeans (see Aryan), is attested as an

ethnic designation only in the Indo-Iranian subfamily.

Using stochastic models of word evolution to study the presence/absence of different words across Indo-European, Gray & Atkinson suggest that the origin of Indo-European goes back about 8500 years, the first split being that of Hittite from the rest (Indo-Hittite hypothesis).[5] They go to great lengths to avoid the problems associated with traditional approaches to glottochronology. They also carry out various sensitivity tests of their assumptions. However, their calculations rely entirely on Swadesh lists, and while the results are quite robust for well attested branches, their calculation of the age of Hittite, which is crucial for the Anatolian origin claim, rests on a 200 word Swadesh list of one single language and are regarded as contentious. A more recent paper (Atkinson et al., 2005) analyzing 24 mostly ancient languages, including three Anatolian languages, produced the same time estimates and early Anatolian split.[6] It is necessary to note that methods of traditional glottochronology based on Swadesh lists are only approximate. They are highly doubtful and controversial for most traditional linguists, and that is why they cannot prove the Anatolian hypothesis. Other studies by different groups using alternative techniques broadly support Gray and Atkinson’s results.


Scheme of Indo-European migrations from ca. 4000 to 1000 BC according to the Kurgan hypothesis. The purple area corresponds to the assumed Urheimat (Samara culture, Sredny Stog culture). The red area corresponds to the area which may have been settled by Indo-European-speaking peoples up to ca. 2500 BC; the orange area to 1000 BC.


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There have been many attempts to claim that particular prehistorical cultures can be identified with the PIE-speaking peoples, but all have been speculative. All attempts to identify an actual people with an unattested language depend on a sound reconstruction of that language that allows identification of cultural concepts and environmental factors which may be associated with particular cultures (such as the use of metals, agriculture vs. pastoralism, geographically distinctive plants and animals, etc). In the 20th century, Marija Gimbutas created the Kurgan hypothesis, a modern variation of the traditional invasion theory. The name is after the Kurgans (burial mounds) of the Eurasian steppes. The hypothesis is that the Indo-Europeans were a nomadic tribe of the Pontic-Caspian steppe (now Eastern Ukraine and Southern Russia) and expanded in several waves during the 3rd millennium BC. Their expansion coincided with the taming of the horse. Leaving archaeological signs of their presence (see battle-axe people), they subjugated the peaceful European Neolithic farmers of Gimbutas’s Old Europe. As Gimbutas’s beliefs evolved, she put increasing emphasis on the patriarchal, patrilinear nature of the invading culture, sharply contrasting it with the supposedly egalitarian, if not matrilinear culture of the invaded, to a point of formulating essentially feminist archaeology. Her theory has found genetic support in remains from the Neolithic culture of Scandinavia, where bone remains in Neolithic graves indicated that the megalith culture was either matrilocal or matrilineal as the people buried in the same grave were related through the women. Likewise there is evidence of remaining matrilineal traditions among the Picts. A modified form of this theory by JP Mallory, dating the migrations earlier to around 4000 BC and putting less insistence on their violent or quasi-military nature, is still widely held. The "Anatolian hypothesis" is that the Indo-European languages spread peacefully into Europe from Asia Minor from around 7000 BC with the advance of farming (wave of advance). The leading propagator of the theory is Colin Renfrew. However, this theory is contradicted by the fact that ancient Anatolia is known to have been inhabited by non-Indo-European people, namely the Hattians, Khalib/Karub, and Khaldi/Kardi. Also,

the culture of the Indo-Europeans as inferred by linguistic reconstruction, contradicts this theory, since the early Neolithic cultures in Anatolia had neither the horse, nor the wheel, nor metal, terms for all of which are securely reconstructed for Proto-IndoEuropean. A scenario that could reconcile Renfrew’s and the Kurgan hypotheses suggests that Indo-European migrations are somehow related to the Black Sea deluge theory, the hypothesized submersion of the northeastern part of the Black Sea around 5600 BC:[7] while a splinter group who became the proto-Hittite speakers moved into northeastern Anatolia around 7000 BC, the remaining population would have gone northward, evolving into the Kurgan culture, while others may have escaped far to the northeast (Tocharians) and the southeast (Indo-Iranians). While the time-frame of this scenario is consistent with Renfrew, it is incompatible with his core assumption that Indo-European spread with the advance of agriculture. Another hypothesis connected with the Black Sea deluge theory suggests that PIE originated as the language of trade between early Neolithic Black Sea tribes.[8] Under this hypothesis, University of Pennsylvania archaeologist Fredrik T. Hiebert proposes that the transition from PIE to IE dispersion occurred during the deluge.[9]

The rise of archaeogenetic evidence which uses genetic analysis to trace migration patterns also added new elements to the puzzle. Cavalli-Sforza and Alberto Piazza argue that Renfrew and Gimbutas reinforce rather than contradict each other. Cavalli-Sforza (2000) states that "It is clear that, genetically speaking, peoples of the Kurgan steppe descended at least in part from people of the Middle Eastern Neolithic who immigrated there from Turkey." Piazza & Cavalli-Sforza (2006) state that: if the expansions began at 9,500 years ago from Anatolia and at 6,000 years ago from the Yamnaya culture region, then a 3,500-year period elapsed during their migration to the Volga-Don region from Anatolia, probably through the Balkans. There a completely new, mostly pastoral


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culture developed under the stimulus of an environment unfavourable to standard agriculture, but offering new attractive possibilities. Our hypothesis is, therefore, that IndoEuropean languages derived from a secondary expansion from the Yamnaya culture region after the Neolithic farmers, possibly coming from Anatolia and settled there, developing pastoral nomadism. Developments in genetics take away much of the edge of the sometimes heated controversies about invasions. While findings confirm that there were population movements both related to the beginning Neolithic and the beginning Bronze Age, corresponding to Renfrew’s and Gimbutas’s Indo-Europeans, respectively, the genetic record cannot yield any direct information as to the language spoken by these groups. The current interpretation of genetic data suggests a strong genetic continuity in Europe; specifically, studies of mtDNA by Bryan Sykes show that about 80% of the genetic stock of Europeans originated in the Paleolithic, suggesting that languages tend to spread geographically by cultural contact rather than by replacement. However, absence of unequivocal indications of underpinning unidirectional population movements fail to settle theories on Indo European language assimilation.[10] This notion already gave rise to a new incarnation of the "European hypothesis" suggesting more local continuity, and holding the IndoEuropean culture to be the result of many local developments that shared certain wide range common ideas.[11]

Spencer Wells suggests that the origin, distribution and age of the R1a1 haplotype points to an ancient migration, possibly corresponding to the spread by the Kurgan people in their expansion across the Eurasian steppe around 3000 BC. About his old teacher’s proposal, Wells (2002) states that "there is nothing to contradict this model, although the genetic patterns do not provide clear support either," and instead argues that the evidence is much stronger for Gimbutas’ model: while we see substantial genetic and archaeological evidence for an IndoEuropean migration originating in the southern Russian steppes, there is little evidence for a similarly massive Indo-European migration from the Middle East to Europe. One possibility is that, as a much earlier migration (8,000 years old, as opposed to 4,000), the genetic signals carried by Indo-European-speaking farmers may simply have dispersed over the years. There is clearly some genetic evidence for migration from the Middle East, as Cavalli-Sforza and his colleagues showed, but the signal is not strong enough for us to trace the distribution of Neolithic languages throughout the entirety of Indo-European-speaking Europe. However, some newer studies show that R1a lineages may have their origins in North India.[12][13][14] In a seminal work titled The Real Eve: Modern Man’s Journey out of Africa (New York: Carroll and Graf Publishers, 2003), the prominent Oxford University scholar Stephen Oppenheimer concludes that South Asia is the origin of M17 and his ancestors. He observes: “ And sure enough we find highest ” rates and greatest diversity of the M17 line in Pakistan, north India, and eastern Iran,and low rates in the Caucasus. M17 is not only more diverse in South Asia than in Central Asia but diversity characterizes its presence in isolated tribal groups in the south, thus undermining any theory of M17 as a marker of a ’male Aryan Invasion of India.’ Study of the geographical distribution and the diversity of genetic branches and

R1a Haplotypes

Haplogroup R1a Distribution


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stems again suggests that Ruslan, along with his son M17,arose early in South Asia, somewhere near India... R1a1 is most prevalent in Pakistan, India, central Asia, and to a lesser extent Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. R1a1 is largely confined east of the Vistula gene barrier[15] and drops considerably to the west: R1a1 measurements read 6.2% to Germans (a 4X drop to Czechs and Slovakians reading 26,7%) and 3.7% to Dutch.[16] The spread of Y-chromosome DNA haplogroup R1a1 has been associated with the spread of the Indo-European languages too. The mutations that characterize haplogroup R1a occurred ~10,000 years bp. Its defining mutation (M17) occurred about 10,000 to 14,000 years ago. Ornella Semino et al. propose a postglacial spread of the R1a1 gene from the Ukrainian LGM refuge, subsequently magnified by the expansion of the Kurgan culture into Europe and eastward.[17] Haplogroup R1a1, whose lineage is thought to have originated in the Eurasian Steppes north of the Black and Caspian Seas, is associated with the Kurgan culture,[18] as well as with the postglacial Ahrensburg culture which has been suggested to have spread the gene originally.[19]

The present-day population of R1b, with extremely high peaks in Western Europe and measured up to the eastern confines of Central Asia, are believed to be the descendants of a refugium in the Iberian peninsula (Portugal and Spain) at the Last Glacial Maximum, where the haplogroup may have achieved genetic homogeneity. As conditions eased with the Allerød Oscillation in about 12,000 BC, descendants of this group migrated and eventually recolonised all of Western Europe, leading to the dominant position of R1b in variant degrees from Iberia to Scandinavia, so evident in haplogroup maps. The most common subclade is R1b1b2a, that has a maximum in Frisia (the Netherlands). It may have originated towards the end of the last ice age, or perhaps more or less 7000 BC, possibly in the northern European mainland[21] and a close match of the present–day distribution of S21 and the territorial pattern of the Eastern Corded Ware cultures and the Single Grave cultures has been observed.[22] Dupuy and his colleagues proposed the ancestors of Scandinavian men from Haplogroup Hg P*(xR1a) or R1b (Y-DNA) to have brought Ahrensburg "culture" and stressed genetic similarity with Germany.[23]

R1b and I Haplotypes

Other Haplogroups
Small Neolithic additions can be concerned in occurrences of "Anatolian" haplogroups J2, G, F and E1b1b, the latter presenting a clearly Northeastern African element.[24][25]

Place of origin
The scholars of the 19th century who first tackled the question of the Indo-Europeans’s original homeland (also called Urheimat, from German), were essentially confined to linguistic evidence. A rough localization was attempted by reconstructing the names of plants and animals (importantly the beech and the salmon) as well as the culture and technology (a Bronze Age culture centered on animal husbandry and having domesticated the horse). The scholarly opinions became basically divided between a European hypothesis, positing migration from Europe to Asia, and an Asian hypothesis, holding that the migration took place in the opposite direction. In early 20th century scientific racism, the question was associated with the expansion

Haplogroup R1b Distribution High concentrations of Mesolithic or late Paleolithic YDNA haplogroups of types R1b (typically well above 35%) and I (up to 25%), are thought to derive ultimately of the robust Eurasiatic Cro Magnoid homo sapiens of the Aurignacian culture, and the subsequent gracile leptodolichomorphous people of the Gravettian culture that entered Europe from the Middle East 20,000 to 25,000 years ago, respectively.[20]


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of a supposed "Aryan race". The question is still contentious within some flavours of ethnic nationalism (see also Indigenous Aryans). Now the Kurgan hypothesis is the most widely held theory based on linguistic, archaeological, and genetic evidence. It suggests PIE origin in the Pontic-Caspian steppe during the Chalcolithic. A minority of scholars prefers the Anatolian hypothesis, suggesting origin in Anatolia during the Neolithic. Other theories (Armenian hypothesis, Out of India theory, Paleolithic Continuity Theory) have only marginal scientific support.

theory of Indo-European origin." Nature 426, 435–9. More detail is given in subsequent papers. [6] Atkinson, et al. 2005 "From Words to Dates: Water into wine, mathemagic or phylogenetic inference?" Transactions of the Philological Society 103 (2), 193-219. [7] As alleged by Ryan and Pitman, in Noah’s Flood : The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event that Changed History (1998) [8] "Welcome to the Black Sea Trade Project". Sinop/SinopIntro.htm. [9] "01/14/1999 - Pennsylvania Current: Q & A: Fredrik Hiebert". current/1999/011499/Hiebert.html. [10] Mallory, 1989 p.254: "Nevertheless, the archeological evidence advanced for the origins of the Corded Ware horizon has, so far, failed to make a thoroughly convincing case for population movements or intrusions, the minimum requirement of our search for the trajectory of the earliest IndoEuropeans." [11] The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology - Timothy Darvill, Oxford University Press, 2004, p101 [1] [12] Sharma et al. (2009), "The Indian origin of paternal haplogroup R1a1(*)substantiates the autochthonous origin of Brahmins and the caste system", J. Hum.Genet. 54 (1): 47–55, doi:10.1038/jhg.2008.2, PMID: 19158816, journal/v54/n1/abs/jhg20082a.html [13] Sengupta et al. (2005), "Polarity and Temporality of High-Resolution YChromosome Distributions in India Identify Both Indigenous and Exogenous Expansions and Reveal Minor Genetic Influence of Central Asian Pastoralists", Am. J. Hum. Genet. 78 (2): 202–21, doi:10.1086/499411, PMID 16400607, articlerender.fcgi?artid=1380230 [14] Sahoo et al. (2006), "A prehistory of Indian Y chromosomes: Evaluating demic diffusion scenarios", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103 (4): 843–848, doi:10.1073/pnas.0507714103, abstract/103/4/843

See also
• • • • • • • • • • Pre-Indo-Europeans Proto-Indo-European language Comparative linguistics Urheimat Armenian hypothesis Archaeogenetics Kurgan Aryan Aryan invasion Paleolithic Continuity Theory

[1] ^ Calvert Watkins. "Indo-European and the Indo-Europeans. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 2000". Retrieved on 2008-04-12. [2] ^ The Oxford Companion to Archaeology - Edited by Brian M. Fagan, Oxford University Press, 1996, ISBN 0-19-507618-4, p347 - J.P. Mallory [3] "Yet, for the Indo-European-speaking society, we can reconstruct with certainty the word for “god,” *deiw-os, and the two-word name of the chief deity of the pantheon, *dyeu-pəter- (Latin Iūpiter, Greek Zeus patēr, Sanskrit Dyauṣ pitar, and Luvian Tatis Tiwaz)." The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 2000 [4] "The Indo-Europeans knew snow in their homeland; the word sneigwh- is nearly ubiquitous." The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 2000 [5] Their results were first published in Gray & Atkinson. 2003. "Language-tree divergence times support the Anatolian


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[15] Alexander Varzari, 5.2.4: "... across the history the geographic boundary, dividing Southeast Europe from Eastern Europe was more transparent for the reciprocal flows than the boundary between Eastern and Western Europe." [16] European R1a1 measurements (referred to as M17 or Eu19) in Science vol 290, 10 November 2000 [17] Science_2000_v290_p1155.pdf [18] ISOGG_HapgrpR.html [19] Passarino, G; Cavalleri GL, Lin AA, Cavalli-Sforza LL, Borresen-Dale AL, Underhill PA (2002). "Different genetic components in the Norwegian population revealed by the analysis of mtDNA and Y chromosome polymorphisms". Eur. J. Hum. Genet. 10 (9): 521–9. doi:10.1038/ sj.ejhg.5200834. PMID 12173029. n9/full/5200834a.html. [20] The Genetic Legacy of Paleolithic Homo sapiens sapiens in Extant Europeans: A Y Chromosome Perspective Ornella Semino et al. [21] S21 comment [22] [2] A Genetic Signal of Central European Celtic Ancestry: Preliminary Research Concerning Y-Chromosome Marker S28 / U152 - David K. Faux [23] Dupuy, B. et al. 2006. Geographical heterogeneity of Y-chromosomal lineages in Norway. Forensic Science International. 164: 10-19. [24] Y-DNA Haplogroup E and its Subclades [25] The questionable contribution of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age to European craniofacial form C. Loring Brace


Further reading
• Atkinson, Q. D., Nicholls, G., Welch, D. and Gray, R. D. (2005). From Words to Dates: Water into wine, mathemagic or phylogenetic inference? Transactions of the Philological Society, 103(2), 193-219. • Anthony, David W. (2007). The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World. Princeton University Press • Cavalli-Sforza, Luigi Luca (2000), Genes, Peoples, and Languages, New York: North Point Press . • Gray, Russell D.; Atkinson, Quentin D. (2003), "Language-tree divergence times support the Anatolian theory of IndoEuropean origin" (PDF), Nature 426: 435–439, doi:10.1038/nature02029, Quentins_website/ Publications_&_CV_files/ Gray%26Atkinson2003.pdf . • Mallory, J.P. (1989), In Search of the IndoEuropeans: Language, Archaeology, and Myth, London: Thames & Hudson . • Piazza, Alberto; Cavalli Sforza, Luigi (12 – 15 April 2006), "Diffusion of Genes and Languages in Human Evolution", in Cangelosi, Angelo; Smith, Andrew D M; Smith, Kenny, The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG6), Rome: World Scientific, pp. pages 255--266, paper/piazza06evolang.html, retrieved on 2007-08-08 . • Renfrew, Colin (1987). Archaeology & Language. The Puzzle of the IndoEuropean Origins. London: Jonathan Cape. ISBN 0-224-02495-7 • Sykes, Brian. The seven daughters of Eve (London, Corgi Books 2001) • Watkins, Calvert. (1995) How to Kill a Dragon: Aspects of Indo-European Poetics. New York: Oxford University Press. • Wells, Spencer (2002), The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, Princeton University Press .

External links
• Indo-European Roots Index, from The American Heritage Dictionary • Kurgan culture • Indo-European Origins in Southeast Europe

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