Commentary on the Bostoen et al.’s Middle to Late Holocene paleoclimatic change and the early Bantu Expansion in the rain forests of western Central Africa
Di Carlo, Pierpaolo
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The paper by Bostoen et al. is a landmark attempt to synthesize results from a range of disciplines in order to refine our understanding of the Bantu expansion. It comes at an important moment in the field of linguistics where new quantitative methods are reviving disciplinary interest in questions of language and prehistory (see, e.g., Wichmann and Good 2014). We find particularly impressive the range of data types considered and are not aware of previous work drawing on such diverse strands of evidence.