The Journal of Indo-European Studies
Monograph Series

Talking Neolithic:
Proceedings of the workshop on Indo-European origins held at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Leipzig, December 2-3, 2013

Monograph No. 65   Edited by Guus Kroonen, James P. Mallory
and Bernard Comrie



Until relatively recently, the archaeological debate on the shift from a hunter-gatherer to a farming lifestyle in Europe from about 9 kya, the so-called Neolithic transition, was dominated by two models: Whereas the demic model attributed this transition to the colonization of the continent by farming populations spreading from the Near East, the cultural model assumes that hunter-gatherers acquired domesticated crops as well as the farming techniques to grow them through contact with neighboring farmers.

Simultaneously, a major linguistic controversy dominated the debate on the origin of the Indo-European languages. Did these languages spread with the farming communities that gradually dispersed from Anatolia? Or did Europe’s first farmers speak an entirely unrelated and unknown non-Indo-European family of languages, that was largely replaced or absorbed by Indo-European groups from the Eneolithic Pontic-Caspian Steppe? 

As new findings from the emerging field of ancient human population genetics promised to transform both of these longstanding and interrelated debates, the Talking Neolithic workshop was organized by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig in 2013. Here, the contributors addressed questions on the intersection of Indo-European linguistics, prehistoric archaeology and the study of ancient DNA, and it was agreed with the organizers Guus Kroonen and Bernard Comrie that the proceedings would be published as a monograph in the Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph Series.

HANS-JÜRGEN BANDELT  Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on European Prehistory — the Quest of Transdisciplinary Approaches;   VÁCLAV BLAŽEK AND MICHAL SCHWARZ The Indo-Europeans and Agriculture;   GERD CARLING, SANDRA CRONHAMN, LOVE ERIKSEN, ROBERT FARREN, NIKLAS JOHANSSON, AND JOOST VAN DE WEIJER The Cultural Lexicon of Indo-European in Europe: Quantifying Stability and Change;   PAUL HEGGARTY Why Indo-European? Clarifying Cross-Disciplinary Misconceptions on Farming vs. Pastoralism;   PAUL HEGGARTY Indo-European and the Ancient DNA Revolution;   ROSEMARIE LÜHR  The Language of the Nordwestblock;   JAMES P. MALLORY The Indo-Europeans and Agriculture;   MICHAËL PEYROT Tocharian Agricultural Terminology: Between Inheritance and Language;   TIJMEN PRONK, SASKIA PRONK-TIETHOFF Balto-Slavic Agricultural Terminology;   JOSEPH SALMONS A Methodological Challenge for Neolithic Linguistics: The Search for Substrate Vocabulary; PETER SCHRIJVER Talking Neolithic: The Case for Hatto-Minoan and its Relationship to Sumerian.


ISBN 978-0-9983669-2-0
ISBN 978-0-9845353-4-7
2018, Pages 374
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