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A. Richard Diebold Center for Indo-European Language and Culture

Indo-European Documentation Center

Indo-European Culture

Carol Justus and Jonathan Slocum

Indo-European culture includes what we know about how people who spoke an IE language over a period of more than four thousand years organized themselves, what institutions they had, and what kinds of material culture their lifestyle presupposed. For example, because of the words that we can reconstruct for the Proto-Indo-European language, we assume that they ate fish, knew about horses, had domesticated animals such as sheep, goats, and cattle, and had extended families organized around a patriarch.