Migrations and Transfers in Prehistory: Asian and Oceanic Ethnolinguistic Phylogeography

Migrations and Transfers in Prehistory: Asian and Oceanic Ethnolinguistic Phylogeography
University of Bern, held 28 to 31 July 2014

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In recent years, genetic, linguistic and archaeological syntheses have catalysed a new understanding of the movements of human populations, both out of Africa, and across Eurasia and the New World. Such migrations of course involve the transfer of human populations, but with them come additional consequences: the diffusion of material cultures, technologies, plants, animals and diseases, all of which may radically transform the in situ cultures, landscapes and biota. The worldwide spread of malaria presents a striking example, as do the transfers of crops, their means of cultivation, and the resultant environmental transformations. As a result, information regarding such transfers can help to reconstruct a more robust account of human prehistory. This conference assembles a diverse array of accomplished scholars from different geographical areas and distinct disciplines, who will contribute to the reconstruction of population prehistories in Asia and Oceania. Both recognised specialists and venturesome young researchers will present their individual perspectives on the past, illuminating our understanding of the peopling of Asia and Oceania from the vantage points of linguistics, population genetics, archaeobotany, archaeology and anthropology. The result will be a new pan-disciplinary synthesis that defines a novel understanding of early human interactions across Asia and Oceania.

Papers List (alphabetical)

Abstract Booklet

Conference Schedule


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