There has always been a big interest in to how to graphically present the Indo-European languages. Various models have been introduced, but recently, the presentation of the Indo- European languages as a flat cladistic tree model has become popular. You can find the model I am currently using here.The cladistic approach was originally used for... Continue Reading →
My own experience: 6 weeks in Russia, excavating
As a linguist wanting to do interdisciplinary work, getting to know the other disciplines is vital. I had one class, “Archaeology and Indo-European Studies” which provided me with a basic understanding of archaeological methods. I then specialized in the Scandinavian Bronze Age and the portrayal of the Indo-European warrior for my term paper. Some months... Continue Reading →
The Divine Twins Pt. 2: Archaeological Evidence
This is a continuation from another blog post. Find Pt. 1 here Kristiansen & Larsson (2011, p. 265) write that some archaeological evidence of twin rituals might be found in the Corded Ware / Battle-Axe and Yamnaya cultures of the 4th and 3rd millennia BC, based on the possible dating of the Twin myth all... Continue Reading →
Interdisciplinary Work Pt. 2: Genetics and Archaeology
Find Pt. 1 here. One more player in the multi-disciplinary puzzle is Genetics. While there has been some major development in the field regarding archaeogenetics, I am excited but cautious. As an example, I will take one of the major articles: Allentoft et al. (2015) screened 601 human samples for ancient DNA (aDNA – DNA... Continue Reading →
The Divine Twins Pt. 1 – An example of Indo-European mythology
In this section, my aim is to demonstrate how archaeology and Indo-European languages can be combined to explore one of the most interesting myths attributed to the Indo-Europeans. The Divine Twins are a well-known myth (I summarized it below). I am using the term Indo-European mythology, because IE scholars are fairly certain that the twins... Continue Reading →
Interdisciplinary work Pt. 1: What can Linguists gain from Archaeology and vice versa?
Interdisciplinary Work Archaeology takes other approaches to the research of prehistory than historical linguistics do, it uses other methods, because we investigate different things – language vs. material cultures. While this makes interdisciplinary work challenging, it is also why these two disciplines can complement each other. Recently, there has been enormous progress in the... Continue Reading →
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