Recent discoveries and increased interactions among the disciplines of whole-genome genetic mapping, linguistics, archeology, and paleo-anthropology have helped broaden our understanding of prehistoric migrations of human populations, languages, and cultures. Taking these discoveries into account, we will focus on prehistoric migrations over the last eight thousand years in and between Europe, the Middle East, and the subcontinent of India. We will also touch on more ancient human migrations out of Africa and into Asia and the Americas. The history of these ancient migrations may indicate some systematics of human migration in general that may apply to more recent and even current migrations.


Rich Wagner, Ph.D.

Rich Wagner is a physicist who has worked in the fields of elementary particles, astrophysics, high-energy-density physics, and prediction of complex physical phenomena using very large computers. He was an Assistant Secretary of Defense in the 1980s, with responsibility for oversight of the US nuclear weapon program and of all Department of Defense matters related to chemical and biological weapons. Rich has studied topics at the interface between science and philosophy for many years. He holds a BA in physics from Williams College, and a PhD in physics from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Ginny, live in Oxford.

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