Archaeology and Language II: Archaeological Data and Linguistic Hypotheses

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This volume of the Archaeology and Language trilogy examines how archaeological data can be interpreted through linguistic hypotheses. The collection demonstrates the possibility that, where archaeological sequences are reasonably well-known, evidence of language

diversification may be extrapolated to draw an absolute chronology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415117616
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/7/1999
  • Series: One World Archaeology Series
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Blench is Research Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, London. Matthew Spriggs is Professor of Archaeology at the Australian National University, Canberra.
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Table of Contents

List of figures
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List of contributors
Pt. I Correlating archaeological and linguistic sequences 31
1 Archaeology, language and the peopling of West Africa: a consideration of the evidence 33
2 Neolithic correlates of ancient Tibeto-Burman migrations 67
3 Archaeology, linguistics and the expansion of the East and Southeast Asian Neolithic 103
4 From Taiwan to the Tuamotus: absolute dating of Austronesian language spread and major sub-groups 115
5 The archaeology of Papuan and Austronesian prehistory in the Northern Moluccas, Eastern Indonesia 128
6 Sequencing and dating linguistic events in Oceania: the linguistics/archaeology interface 141
7 The enigma of Pama-Nyungan expansion in Australia 174
Pt. II Migration and expansion and their linguistic correlates: Eurasian case studies 193
8 Ethnicity and language in prehistoric Northeast Asia 195
9 Cultural relationships In North-Central Eurasia 209
10 The Eurasian spread zone and the Indo-European dispersal 220
11 Gimbutas' Kurgan - PIE homeland hypothesis: a linguistic critique 267
12 Archaeology and language in a historical context: the creation of English 283
Pt. III Linguistic models in reconstructing subsistence systems 295
13 A conservative look at diffusion involving Mixe-Zoquean languages 297
14 Linguistic evidence for the development of yam and palm culture among the Delta Cross River peoples of Southeastern Nigeria 324
15 Japanese rice agriculture terminology and linguistic affiliation of Yayoi culture 366
16 Rice in Southeast Asia: a regional interdisciplinary approach 379
17 Linguistic data on transmission of Southeast Asian cultigens to India and Sri Lanka 390
Index 416
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