The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World

The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World

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by David W. Anthony
     
 

"If you want to learn about the early origins of English and related languages, and of many of our familiar customs such as feasting on holidays and exchanging gifts, this book provides a lively and richly informed introduction. Along the way you will learn when and why horses were domesticated, when people first rode horseback, and when and why swift chariots

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"If you want to learn about the early origins of English and related languages, and of many of our familiar customs such as feasting on holidays and exchanging gifts, this book provides a lively and richly informed introduction. Along the way you will learn when and why horses were domesticated, when people first rode horseback, and when and why swift chariots changed the nature of warfare."—Peter S. Wells, author of The Battle that Stopped Rome

"A very significant contribution to the field. This book attempts to resolve the longstanding problem of Indo-European origins by providing an examination of the most relevant linguistic issues and a thorough review of the archaeological evidence. I know of no study of the Indo-European homeland that competes with it."—J. P. Mallory, Queen's University, Belfast

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ISBN-13:
9780691148182
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/26/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
568
Sales rank:
224,159
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments....................xi
PART ONE Language and Archaeology....................1
Chapter One The Promise and Politics of the Mother Tongue....................3
Ancestors....................3
Linguists and Chauvinists....................6
The Lure of the Mother Tongue....................11
A New Solution for an Old Problem....................15
Language Extinction and Thought....................19
Chapter Two How to Reconstruct a Dead Language....................21
Language Change and Time....................22
Phonology: How to Reconstruct a Dead Sound....................24
The Lexicon: How to Reconstruct Dead Meanings....................32
Syntax and Morphology: The Shape of a Dead Language....................36
Conclusion: Raising a Language from the Dead....................38
Chapter Three Language and Time 1: The Last Speakers of Proto-Indo-European....................39
The Size of the Chronological Window: How Long Do Languages Last?....................39
The Terminal Date for Proto-Indo-Europe an: The Mother Becomes Her Daughters....................42
The Oldest and Strangest Daughter (or Cousin?): Anatolian....................43
The Next Oldest Inscriptions: Greek and Old Indic....................48
Counting the Relatives: How Many in 1500 BCE?....................50
Chapter Four Language and Time 2: Wool, Wheels, and Proto-Indo-European....................59
The Wool Vocabulary....................59
The Wheel Vocabulary....................63
When was the Wheel Invented....................65
The Significance of theWheel....................72
Wagons and the Anatolian Homeland Hypothesis....................75
The Birth and Death of Proto-Indo-European....................81
Chapter Five Language and Place: The Location of the Proto-Indo-Europe an Homeland....................83
Problems with The concept of "The Homeland"....................83
Finding the Homeland: Ecology and Environment....................89
Finding the Homeland: The Economic and Social Setting....................91
Finding the Homeland: Uralic and Caucasian Connections....................93
The Location of the Proto-Indo-Europe an Homeland....................98
Chapter Six The Archaeology of Language....................102
Per sis tent Frontiers....................104
Migration as a Cause of Per sis tent Material-Culture Frontiers....................108
Ecological Frontiers: Different Ways of Making a Living....................114
Small-scale Migrations, Elite Recruitment, and Language Shift....................117
PART TWO The Opening of the Eurasian Steppes....................121
Chapter Seven How to Reconstruct a Dead Culture....................123
The Three Ages in the Pontic-Caspian Steppes....................125
Dating and the Radiocarbon Revolution....................126
What Did They Eat?....................128
Archaeological Cultures and Living Cultures....................130
The Big Questions Ahead....................132
Chapter Eight First Farmers and Herders: The Pontic-Caspian Neolithic....................134
Domesticated Animals and Pontic-Caspian Ecology....................135
The First Farmer- Forager Frontier in the Pontic-Caspian Region....................138
Farmer Meets Forager: The Bug-Dniester Culture....................147
Beyond the Frontier: Pontic-Caspian Foragers before Cattle Arrived....................154
The Gods Give Cattle....................158
Chapter Nine Cows, Copper, and Chiefs....................160
The Early Copper Age in Old Europe....................162
The Cucuteni-Tripolye Culture....................164
The Dnieper-Donets II Culture....................174
The Khvalynsk Culture on the Volga....................182
Nalchik and North Caucasian Cultures....................186
The Lower Don and North Caspian Steppes....................188
The Forest Frontier: The Samara Culture....................189
Cows, Social Power, and the Emergence of Tribes....................190
Chapter Ten The Domestication of the Horse and the Origins of Riding: The Tale of the Teeth....................193
Where Were Horses First Domesticated?....................196
Why Were Horses Domesticated?....................200
What Is a Domesticated Horse?....................201
Bit Wear and Horse back Riding....................206
Indo-Europe an Migrations and Bit Wear at Dereivka....................213
Botai and Eneolithic Horse back Riding....................216
The Origin of Horse back Riding....................221
The Economic and Military Effects of Horse back Riding....................222
Chapter Eleven The End of Old Europe and the Rise of the Steppe....................225
Warfare and Alliance: The Cucuteni-Tripolye Culture and the Steppes....................230
The Sredni Stog Culture: Horses and Rituals from the East....................239
Migrations into the Danube Valley: The Suvorovo-Novodanilovka Complex....................249
Warfare, Climate Change, and Language Shift in the Lower Danube Valley....................258
After the Collapse....................260
Chapter Twelve Seeds of Change on the Steppe Borders: Maikop Chiefs and Tripolye Towns....................263
The Five Cultures of the Final Eneolithic in the Steppes....................265
Crisis and Change on the Tripolye Frontier: Towns Bigger Than Cities....................277
The First Cities and Their Connection to the Steppes....................282
The North Caucasus Piedmont: Eneolithic Farmers before Maikop....................285
The Maikop Culture....................287
Maikop-Novosvobodnaya in the Steppes: Contacts with the North....................295
Proto-Indo-Europe an as a Regional Language in a Changing World....................299
Chapter Thirteen Wagon Dwellers of the Steppe: The Speakers of Proto-Indo-Europe an....................300
Why Not a Kurgan Culture?....................306
Beyond the Eastern Frontier: The Afanasievo Migration to the Altai....................307
Wagon Graves in the Steppes....................311
Where Did the Yamnaya Horizon Begin?....................317
When Did the Yamnaya Horizon Begin?....................321
Were the Yamnaya People Nomads?....................321
Yamnaya Social Organization....................328
The Stone Stelae of the North Pontic Steppes....................336
Chapter Fourteen The Western Indo-Europe an Languages....................340
The End of the Cucuteni-Tripolye Culture and the Roots of the Western Branches....................343
Steppe Overlords and Tripolye Clients: The Usatovo Culture....................349
The Yamnaya Migration up the Danube Valley....................361
Yamnaya Contacts with the Corded Ware Horizon....................367
The Origins of Greek....................368
Conclusion: The Early Western Indo-European Languages Disperse....................369
Chapter Fifteen Chariot Warriors of the Northern Steppes....................371
The End of the Forest Frontier: Corded Ware Herders in the Forest....................375
Pre-Sintashta Cultures of the Eastern Steppes....................385
The Origin of the Sintashta Culture....................389
Warfare in the Sintashta Culture: Fortifications and Weapons....................393
Tournaments of Value....................404
Sintashta and the Origins of the Aryans....................408
Chapter Sixteen The Opening of the Eurasian Steppes....................412
Bronze Age Empires and the Horse Trade....................412
The Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex....................421
The Opening of the Eurasian Steppes....................435
The Srubnaya Culture: Herding and Gathering in the Western Steppes....................437
East of the Urals, Phase I: The Petrovka Culture....................441
The Seima-Turbino Horizon in the Forest-Steppe Zone....................443
East of the Urals, Phase II: The Andronovo Horizon....................448
Proto- Vedic Cultures in the Central Asian Contact Zone....................452
The Steppes Become a Bridge across Eurasia....................456
Chapter Seventeen Words and Deeds....................458
The Horse and the Wheel....................459
Archaeology and Language....................463
Appendix: Author's Note on Radiocarbon Dates....................467
Notes....................000
References....................000
Index....................000

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