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This front matter section of the book The Origin of the Indo-Iranians presents the table of contents and an introduction. The book discusses the reconstruction of the Indo-European proto-language, which emphasized the kinship between Proto-Indo-European and the Kartvelian and Semitic languages, a reconstructed economic and cultural vocabulary more advanced than previously proposed, names of southern flora and fauna, and a homeland in a mountainous landscape. The approach to ethnic reconstruction draws from a number of different sources: written evidence and linguistic data concerning the material culture of the ancient Indo-Iranians; archaeological sources for studying the material culture of the Indo-Iranians; archaeological sources on the material culture of Iranian-speaking Sarmatians and Saka; ethnographic sources for studying the material culture of the Iranian and Indian peoples, and anthropological sources.

Keywords: anthropological sources; archaeological sources; Indo-Iranians; Kartvelian languages; semitic languages



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