Hunter Gatherer Research

South Indian foragers’ acculturation in the deep past

Hunter Gatherer Research (2016), 2, (2), 199–219.

Abstract

Some seeming ‘traditions’ of contemporary foragers may be the result of acculturation in the deep past.1 It is suggested that South Indian foragers in particular may have had more than one round of acculturation over time. Eight well-studied cultures are examined using DNA, archaeological and linguistic findings, in addition to historic and ethnographic materials. Particular attention is paid to linguistic materials because of linguistic anomalies. It is apparent that four acculturation experiences may best explain present day cultural and linguistic phenomena.

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