Episode 11: Germanic Ancestors

We look at the emergence of the Usatovo culture which spoke an Indo-European dialect believed to be the ancient ancestor of the Germanic languages – including English. We also look at the later migrations of the Indo-European tribes throughout Europe and Central Asia.

Map Prepared by Louis Henwood (Click Map for Larger Image)

Map Prepared by Louis Henwood (Click Map for Larger Image)

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  2. There’s a small historical error in this episode. The Bell Beaker people did not build Stonhenge. It was Neolithic farmers decended from the population that entered the Balkans from Northwest Anatolia that raised and used Stonehenge long before the arrival of the Beaker folk. Beakers and associated artifacts have been found on the site, but those were left long after the original construction of the circle. Beakers had a habit of burying their dead in the mounds of others – probably as a seal-the-deal take-over statement.

  3. Could the sound shift from PIE to Proto-Germanic be due to interaction with large numbers of non-PIE speaking peoples who had difficulty with some of the sounds in PIE who adopted the language of the Indo-Europeans but spoke a pidgin form of it?

    • Perhaps. Linguists can identify the specific sound changes based on diligent research, but generally speaking, I don’t think they can identify the specific causes that triggered the changes. Perhaps one day they will be able trace those linguistic factors as well.

  4. In my opinion the modern languages must be related to the Germanic-Runic-Alphabet!
    The Germanic-Tribes settled Central-Europe ~45.000 years ago, from there invented the Runic-Alphabet which was then taught to the arriving so far an-alphabetic uncivilized Eurasian-Migrations ~3500 years ago! Comparing the differences of the runic alphabet with modern day languages enlightens obvious similarities! This leads to the conclusion that language, alphabet, culture, sophisticated art and technical developments are more related to Germanic-Tribes which spread these modern human values from central as well northern Europe! These archaic Humanoids arriving at least ~45.000 years ago in Central-Europe were indeed fleeing the cannibalistic rival murderous raping Animal-Species-Mixture-Creatures which through interbreeding with Neanderthals and other Humanoids genetically formed species closely related to the modern human lineages genetic distinctiveness! To conclude it is now possible to distinct these genetic lineages with DNA analysis. Only the most sophisticated fully evolved ancient European Anthropologists can distinct these creatures without DNA analysis for further selections …

    Germanic Runic Alphabet:
    ᚠ ᚢ ᚦ ᚨ ᚱ ᚲ ᚷ ᚹ ᛬ ᚺ ᚾ ᛁ ᛃ ᛈ ᛇ ᛉ ᛊ᛬ ᛏ ᛒ ᛖᛗ ᛚ ᛜ ᛞ ᛟ …
    F U Þ A R K GW: H N I J PÆ ZS:T B EM LŊ D O …

    Examples Germanic Runic Alphabet:
    CRO-MAGNON~ᚳᚱᛟ-ᛗᚨᚷᚾᛟᚾ /
    GERMANIC~ᚷᛖᚱᛗᚨᚾᛁᚳ /
    TRIBES~ᛏᚱᛁᛒᛖᛊ /

    • you’re so ignorant and classically racist it goes from enraging to comical. and what a snowflake you are! you can’t handle a diverse world that changes and evolves! it’s always been that way and it’s beautiful. do us all a favor and die out.

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