Tracing the Indo-Europeans: Origin and migration – University of Copenhagen

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Tracing the Indo-Europeans: Origin and migration

As the research project Roots of Europe – language, culture, and migrations is now entering its final year, the time has come for tying up loose ends. This will hopefully happen at the interdisciplinary three-day seminar Tracing the Indo-Europeans – origin and migrations where some of the leading scholars within the fields of archaeology, genetics and Indo-European linguistics will present us with the most important results of their research. Together they will try to find a consensus on the much-debated question of the Indo-Europeans homeland and the migrations of the Indo-Europeans.

The invited speakers are:

  • Prof. David W. Anthony, Hartwick College, NY
  • Prof. James P. Mallory, University of Belfast
  • Prof. Kristian Kristiansen, University of Gothenburg
  • Prof. Dorcas R. Brown, Hartwick College, NY
  • Prof. Einar Østmo, University of Oslo
  • Dr. Anne Marie Carstens, Copenhagen
  • Dr. Morten Allentoft, University of Copenhagen
  • Dr. Åsa Fredell, University of Gothenburg
  • Dr. Guus Kroonen, Roots of Europe, University of Copenhagen
  • MA Adam Hyllested, Roots of Europe, University of Copenhagen


The seminar will be held 12-14 December 2012.

Wednesday 12 December 2012, in room 23.0.50:

11:00-11:30 Dorcas Brown: Midwinter dog sacrifices at LBA Krasnosamarskoe, Russia, and traces of initiations for Männerbünde · video

11:35-12:05 Einar Østmo: A linking chord · video

12:10-12:40 Adam Hyllested: Indo-European homeland and dispersals: Contemporary linguistic evidence · video

12:40-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:30 Guus Kroonen: The linguistic heritage of the European Neolithic: Non-Indo-European words in Germanic · video

14:35-15:05 Anne Marie Carstens: To bury a ruler [cancelled]

15:10-15:40 Åsa Fredell: Indo-European narrative themes in Rock art: Inheritage and contacts · video

Thursday 13 December 2012, in room 22.0.11:

11:00-12:00 James Mallory: The problem of Tocharian origins · video

12:00-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 David Anthony: Early Indo-European migrations, economies, and
phylogenies · video

14:30-15:30 Kristian Kristiansen: Trade, travels and the transmission of cultural 
change in the Bronze Age
 · video

Friday 14 December 2012, in room 27.0.09:

12:00-12:30 Morten Allentoft: Using ancient DNA to study human evolution and migration · video

12:35-13:35 David Anthony: Wheeled vehicles, horses, and Indo-European origins · video

13:35-13:50 Coffee break

13:50-14:50 Kristian Kristiansen: The Bronze Age expansion of Indo-European languages · video

14:50-15:00 Break

15:00-16:00 James Mallory: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Uralic and Nostratic: A brief excursus into the comparative study of proto-languages · video

16:00-16:30 Break

16:30-18:00 Round table discussion · video

There will be no live-streaming of this event, but shortly after there will be an edited version of the seminar available online.

The seminar is open to the public and registration is not required.

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