The essays in this volume explore questions relating to human dispersals and exchange across the varied environments of Eurasia. Part One focuses on the Neolithic and how agriculture led to new adaptive niches for human societies. This process involved population and linguistic expansion, but could also be expressed through exploitation of the environment in new ways. In Part Two, the emphasis shifts to exchange between east and west across Eurasia in the Bronze Age and Middle Ages. Chapters in the book discuss topics as varied as Jōmon plant cultivation, linguistic borrowings by agropastoral groups, the spread of gold and silverwares across the steppes, and customs related to feasting in medieval northern China. The volume will be of interest to archaeologists and historical linguists alike, particularly those working on long-term social change across Eurasia.
Mark Hudson is a researcher in the Archaeolinguistic Research Group, Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology, Jena, and an affiliate researcher of the Institut d’Asie Orientale, ENS de Lyon. He was previously Professor at the University of West Kyushu and at the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka, Japan.
Martine Robbeets is the head of the Archaeolinguistic Research Group, Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology and Honorary Professor in the Department of General and Comparative Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. She recently completed an ERC Consolidator’s Grant interdisciplinary project on the dispersal of the Transeurasian languages.
Contributors: Rasmus G. Bjørn, David Bradley, Bingcong Deng, Mark Hudson, Takamune Kawashima, Martijn G. T. M. Knapen, Seiji Nakayama, Claudio Pelloli, Martine Robbeets, Hui Wang, Jie Zhang, Jingming Zhang
‘A collection of excellent papers by authors of two different disciplines (linguistics and archaeology) who share the same interests. It contributes considerably to understanding the expansion and exchange of agropastoralism and languages across Eurasia.’ Dr Tao Li, Department of Archaeology, Wuhan University