Leverhulme Research Fellow
Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Synthesis between historical linguistics and archaeology
Language history of the Andean region
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As an archaeologist with a particular interest in understanding the prehistory of the Andean region I have become increasingly interested in how that might be achieved through a more coherent synthesis between my own discipline and the different (but in principle complementary) record of the past provided by historical linguistics. In intense cross-disciplinary interactions over the last few years with Paul Heggarty (Linguistics Dept., Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig), we have together explored both general principles for how best to integrate the disciplines. We have applied these especially to the case-study of the relatively little-known language prehistory of the Andes, and to the vexed question of the farming/language dispersals hypothesis.
Heggarty, P. and D.G. Beresford-Jones (2013) South America, Andes: linguistics, in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, edited by I. Ness, and P. Bellwood, pp. 401-409. Malden, MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Heggarty, P. and D.G. Beresford-Jones, editors (2012). Archaeology and Language in the Andes. Proceedings of the British Academy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Beresford Jones, D.G. and P. Heggarty (2012). Archaeology and language and the Andean past: a much needed conversation, in Archaeology and Language in the Andes, edited by P. Heggarty and D.G. Beresford-Jones, pp. 1-40. Proceedings of the British Academy 173. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Beresford Jones, D.G. and P. Heggarty. (2012). Broadening our horizons: towards an interdisciplinary prehistory of the Andes, in Archaeology and Language in the Andes, edited by P. Heggarty and D.G. Beresford-Jones, pp. 55-82. Proceedings of the British Academy 173. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Beresford-Jones, D.G. and P. Heggarty. (2011). What role for language prehistory in redefining archaeological ‘culture’? A case-study on new Horizons in the Andes, in Investigating Archaeological Cultures: Material Culture, Variability and Transmission, edited by Roberts, B and Vander Linden, M., pp. 355-386. New York: Springer.
Kaulicke, P., R. Cerrón-Palomino, P. Heggarty and D.G. Beresford-Jones, editors (2011) Lenguas y sociedades en el antiguo Perú: hacia un enfoque interdisciplinario, Boletín de Arqueología de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú 14, Lima.
Heggarty, P. and D.G. Beresford-Jones. (2010). Agriculture and Language Dispersals: Limitations, Refinements, and an Andean Exception? Current Anthropology 51: 163-191.