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List of figures List of tables Contributors 1. Tracing the Indo-Europeans: Introduction Birgit A. Olsen, Thomas Olander and Kristian Kristiansen 2. The Indo-European homeland: Introducing the problem Thomas Olander 3. Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Uralic and Nostratic: A brief excursus into the comparative study of proto-languages James P. Mallory 4. A linking cord: Pottery ornamentation and language in the North c. 3600-2400 BC Einar Ostmo 5. On the emergence of the Corded Ware societies in Northern Europe: Reconsidering the migration hypothesis Rune Iversen 6. Late Bronze Age midwinter dog sacrifices and warrior initiations at Krasnosamarskoe, Russia Dorcas R. Brown and David W. Anthony 7. 'Children of the light': On yoga, body schemes and altered states of consciousness in the Nordic Late Bronze Age - a link to India? Kristin Armstrong Oma and Lene Melheim 8. Aspects of family structure among the Indo-Europeans Birgit A. Olsen 9. To bury a ruler: The meaning of the horse in aristocratic burials Anne-Marie Carstens

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Birgit Olsen is Professor in the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen. Thomas Olander is an associate professor of Indo-European Studies, University of Copenhagen. Kristian Kristiansen is a pre-eminent archaeologist. He is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and a prolific author. His main research interests are in the European Bronze Age, archaeological theory and archaeological heritage.


Tracing the Indo-Europeans delivers a good insight into the potential, and challenges, of 'archaeolinguistics' [...] It is all in all an exciting and rewarding read. * Antiquity *

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