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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

J.P. Mallory's Current assessment on Proto-Indo-Europeans

He still favors the Steppe Model , which is natural , he is after all , regarded as one of the most celebrated proponents of the theory. But in recent publications , a clear change is visible . He has now accepted the importance of Agriculture, in the Proto-Indo-European culture . He correctly admits that, this importance of agriculture , is a serious flaw for the steppe argument . But just not for The Kurgan Model, actually, he shows no hesitation when he remarks :

If there are any lessons to be learned, it is that every model of Indo-European origins can be found to reveal serious deficiencies as we increase our scrutiny.
Talk about honesty . That is certainly as best as it can get!.Indeed, time has come when we start forgetting about the theories and start following actual data . There will be of course difficulties, there must be , but at least , we will be under no illusion . Yes, illusion, which is generated by creationism .

Here are the two latest articles by him :

Twenty-first century clouds over Indo-European homelands

The Problem of Tocharian Origins: An Archaeological Perspective 

BTW, recently, I have also found a nice attempt , concerning the Indo-European History of India. I think , that this attempt has the spirit, which is scientific and necessary !.


Anonymous said...

Yes, indeed Mallory has now reconsidered his earlier views on PIE folks being nomadic horse riding Kurgan pastorals into an agricultural farmers. He states Pontic steppes had no good signs of farming, and thus it cannot be considered as urheimat of PIE. May be we should look for PIE urheimat in some early extensive farming cultures.

BTW, in one of his co-authored books, he states that most of the PIE vocabulary is just based on 4 or 5 attested IE branches, so this would mean that if we gain clues about extinct and undeciphered IE languages, it would contribute a lot to PIE reconstructions. He rightly states that current PIE reconstruction is merely an approximate.

Davidski said...


Mallory is a co-author of this paper from late last year on the ancient Irish genomes, which argues in favor of the steppe hypothesis.

Anonymous said...


Mallory is not a geneticist, and he is not the main author of the paper. But being a reputed Indo-Europeanist from Irish background, and author of books on the origins of Irish, he might've shown interest in the genetic background of the Irish people. The paper does not support Kurgan theory for all of the IE branches either.