Kin, Clan and Community in Prehistoric Europe

Edited by Birgit Anette Olsen and Benedicte Whitehead Nielsen

Kin, Clan and Community in Prehistoric Europe

Edited by Birgit Anette Olsen and Benedicte Whitehead Nielsen

Distributed for Museum Tusculanum Press

500 pages | 15 maps | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2019
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9788763546188 Will Publish August 2019 NFS UK, IRELAND, AND SCANDINAVIA
This book analyzes the latest trends in Indo-European linguistics, archaeology, anthropology, and archaeogenetics in an attempt to shed new light on the social structure of the pastoralist society of Proto-Indo-European speakers. Individual chapters are dedicated to the anthropology of kinship terminology, the lexicon of kinship that is reconstructable for the proto-language, and the philological evidence for close-kin and cousin marriage in ancient Indo-European and neighboring cultures. Five chapters offer detailed discussion of the lexicon of kinship in Anatolian, Germanic, Latin, Avestan and, for the first time ever, Albanian--a branch that has hitherto only been treated in fragmentary form. The result is the first comprehensive study of Indo-European family structure from linguistic, archaeological, and genetic angles, and an important contribution to the understanding of how social-familial structures developed in early-historic and prehistoric times.
 
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