Bellwood is one of the developers of the farming/language dispersal hypothesis, which explains many of the world’s important language families as the result of dispersals of early farmers. The best examples are in Africa (Bantu) and Asia (Austronesian, Sino-Tibetan, Trans-Eurasian); Indo-European was the result of a later migration from the steppe that “overwrote” the culture of early farmers from the Fertile Crescent in much of Europe. Archaeological, genetic, and linguistic data come together here to explain widespread cultural connections as well as cultural change. The fact that it does not have an exclusively western Eurasian emphasis is very welcome.
The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber; David Wengrow
Publication Date: 2021-11-09
An anthropologically informed survey of world pre/history.