“Written in Stone” – a study of proto-Indo-European

As visitors to my old Eternal Idol site will be aware, I’ve long been fascinated by language and the potential it holds to throw some new light on the complex lives of our ancestors and the way they viewed their creations and surroundings. Dr Robin Melrose once sent me a fascinating study of British island names, which concluded that the least unlikely source for many of these curious names consisted of visitors from the Middle East in ancient time, but I’ve also derived hours of pleasure from studying the names of the Iron Age British tribes, as they seemed to be to speak of a society or geographical regions in Britain that bore names apparently related to the various primary functions they served at the time.

With this in mind, I’ve just learned of a new book entitled Written in Stone by Christopher Stevens and judging from this feature in the Daily Mail, it looks to be a fascinating read.

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