Monday, May 7, 2012

Bronze Age Population Movement

Dale Drinnon posted this on his site and it points out a very important discovery. Such movement was not happening before the establishment of metal trading opened up the needed trade routes and allowed individuals to become acquainted with distant locales.

Once that happened the information traveled back and it became possible for tribal groups to pick up their scant belongings and to shift into a new land. We ave the tale of the Israelites doing just that both going into Egypt and escaping from Egypt. In fact it informs us of the dynamic nature of the newly created urban centers which would first attract a servant population of some ethnic uniformity and then repel that same population through the grinding of peonage.

Peoples would feel feel impelled to locate new homelands to free themselves of the depredations of an established order.

Thus there is good reason to imply the natural creation of real push – pull environment with the rise of a global bronze Age civilization. This easily extracted peoples from a traditional homeland and then generations later impelled them to establish a new superior homeland a long way away. Colonizing became attractive.

The advent of Atlantean global shipping in 2400 BC must also be noted as it allowed the furthest extension of this mixing and migration of peoples and left us anomalies to tease us.

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 important 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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