Monday, October 5, 2015

And Now Another One... Tick Tock

We'll, I'm not sure exactly what this is, but it looks to be another homestretch for another big genetic study, this time focused on the West.  This is a conference by Rise Project people.

Within the last year there were two earth-moving papers, first came Haak et al, then Allentoft et al, both focused on transition in Central and Eastern Europe.  I'll bet within the next two months you'll see a similar succession of papers, except this time focused on the Western half.

Assuming this is what I think it is, you can partly tell what some of the remains could be by the speakers.  Man! I would swim the ocean...


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  2. One would certainly expect Allentoft to have more than one or two ancient BB samples to talk about.

  3. I hope we see a bunch of hunters and farmers. A paper posted yesterday supposedly has some preBeaker genomes from Iberia, but it's Pay per view.

  4. That's a map of Bell Beakers finds in Italy. Do you think that they were the first Indo Europeans and proto-Italic populations?

    1. Gabriele,
      Probably, but with a few caveats. If Bell Beakers spoke IE before contacting Central Europe, then yes.
      If Bell Beakers became Indo-European speaking in Central Europe, then they might have brought two different languages to Italy, but I doubt either were widespread since Beakers seem to be clustered around port towns.
      I'd say that the child culture of the Beakers, the Polada Culture, is mainly responsible for the spread of Italic, it being the Italian version of Unetice and both emanating from a similar geographical area.

    2. I also realize that the Polada doesn't extend everywhere, but the starting point and the structure of Italic makes the most sense for the phylo-geography.