Deluge of Atlantis

Deluge of Atlantis
Deluge of Atlantis

Thursday, May 3, 2012

OW Language Exchange as indicating Population Movements during the Bronze Age

I came across this map showing the various language groups of the old World (Originally from SCIENCE magazine but quoted on a religious-discussion site when I came across it) and I noticed a few odd features on it which had not struck me before. The first was that nearly all of the movements indicated had their starts during the Bronze Age, and almost always in the period of 3000-4000 and then on up to 1000 BC, the later parts of these movements typically lasting up until the Classical Age (last few centuries BC). And the second feature is that practically all of this movement is between 20 degrees South latitude and 40 degrees North latitude. The movements are centered on the great areas of civilisation geograpically and key movements involve Egypt, Mesopotamia, The Indus Valley and China: And the arrows from Egypt end up running all through Africa; those from Mesopotamia run from Western Europe to Manchuria and possibly to Japan; and the activity associated with China runs as far Westward as Madagascar and eventually includes even the Americas (not indicated on this map); India and China were also interacting along their borders (not indicated here)

The importand components of these mass movements include the Malayo-Polynesian, Indo-European, Bantu, Afro-Asiatic and to a lesser extent, Sino-Tibetan and Altaic expansions.

And American expansions contiguous to the OldWorld Cultures include the Eskaleut and Na-Dene expansions clearly out of Old World origins at about the Old World Bronze Age: the  Urheimat page of the Wikipedia eve mentions that East European bronzes have been found form the Aleutians and originating circa 1000 BC. The Uto-Aztecan and Proto-Chibchan (Colombian) peoples also had radiations in the period equivalent to the Old World Bronze Age, and this is also thought to be true in the Andean (Quechuan) and Arawak linguistic groups although this is less clear.

In all of these cases we are talking a primary window of activity that is about 5000 to 3000 years ago, or 3000 to 1000 BC (with some subsequent activity of subgroups). That is the reason why the religious group posted the map, they were using it as evidence for dispersal of peoples after the fall of the Tower of Babel.

Scheme of Indo-European migrations from ca. 4000 to 1000 BCE according to the Kurgan hypothesis. The magenta area corresponds to the assumed Urheimat (Samara culture, Sredny Stog culture). The red area corresponds to the area which may have been settled by Indo-European-speaking peoples up to ca. 2500 BCE; the orange area to 1000 BCE
[parts of the Caucasus area are also thought to have been involved-DD]

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