Culture and Archaeology

Researchers in Indo-European studies have used evidence from language, mythology, and archaeology to make hypotheses about the culture and homeland of the Proto-Indo-Europeans.
  • Benveniste, E., & Lallot, J. (1973). Indo-European language and society. Coral Gables, FL: University of Miami Press.
    Olin P721.B47 1973

    A classic collection of over fifty ethnolinguistic studies on PIE vocabulary, covering several cultural topics.

  • Dumézil, G. (1958). L'idéologie tripartie des Indo-Européens. Bruxelles: Latomus.
    Olin PA2002.L35 C6 v.31

    A famous (but controversial) theory of the "tripartite ideology" of Indo-European culture and religion.

  • Gimbutas, M., Dexter, M. R., & Jones-Bley, K. (1997). The Kurgan culture and the Indo-Europeanization of Europe: Selected articles from 1952 to 1993. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man.
    Olin GN776.2.A1 G54 1997z

    A collection of articles on PIE archaeology and attempts to locate the PIE homeland.

  • Mallory, J. P. (1989). In search of the Indo-Europeans: Language, archaeology and myth. London: Thames and Hudson.
    Olin Oversize GN539.M25 +

    The best recent overview of PIE archaeology and culture, with maps and illustrations.

  • Mallory, J. P, & Adams, D. Q. (1997). Encyclopedia of Indo-European culture. London: Fitzroy Dearborn.
    Olin Oversize CB201.E53x 1997 + in room 501

    Contains hundreds of articles on IE vocabulary, culture and archaeology.

  • Watkins, C. (1995). How to kill a dragon: Aspects of Indo-European poetics. New York: Oxford University Press.
    available online

    A study of the IE dragon-slaying myth and poetic practice.

  • West, M. L. (2007). Indo-European poetry and myth. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    Olin BL660.W47 2007

    A synthesis of research on poetic and mythmaking traditions as reflected in IE languages.