Are 'Cultures' Inherited? Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Origins and Migrations of Austronesian-Speaking Peoples Prior to 1000 BC

Peter Bellwood, Geoffrey K. Chambers, Malcolm Ross, Hsiao-chun Hung, Hsiao-chun Hung

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    Abstract

    This chapter examines the evidence for the movement of Austronesian-speaking peoples from Taiwan into the Philippines and beyond, drawing upon data from comparative linguistics, archaeology and genetics. The chronological focus is mainly on the period between 2500 and 1000 bc. These three disciplines in combination make a migration of Austronesian-speaking communities a more likely conclusion than independent movements of languages, genes and items of material culture. This implies that a non-exclusive cultural tradition that can be defined archaeologically was transmitted through space and time via inheritance, and render insufficient all explanations for Austronesian patterning that are based entirely on interaction models without migration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInvestigating Archaeological Cultures: Material Culture, Variability, and Transmission
    Editors Benjamin W. Roberts and Marc Vander Linden
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages321-354
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9781441969699
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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