The Taiwan - Philippine interaction sphere, 2000 BC to AD 500.

Researchers: Prof. Peter Bellwood, Dr. Janelle Stevenson, Ms. Hung Hsiao-Chun and Mr. Mandy Mijhares.

Summary: The dispersal of the Austronesian speaking peoples was the most extensive process of its kind prior to AD 1500, resulting today in a population of more than 350 million speakers of Austronesian languages spread more than half way around the world. Linguistic and archaeological evidence makes it clear that this expansion originated with Neolithic movements from Taiwan into the Philippines, commencing about 4000 years ago. The project builds on archaeological and palaeoenvironmental research already conducted in the Batanes Islands and northern Luzon (Philippines), a region situated at the epicentre of the out-of-Taiwan migration process


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