Prepare for a massive series on PIE. Many folks love PIE. Renfrew, Anatolia, Kurgan culture Gimbutas, Mallory… Will try to hit it all (just because this article is first, has no bearing on “ranking” of positions. Just have to start somewhere (yeah, this is a poor place to start, didn’t want to bookmark, or lose the link, so hey!) Actually, I will return and resequence/recontextualize once I decide on more articles to use.
Where Proto-Indo-European came from and who originally spoke it has been a mystery ever since Sir William Jones, a British judge and scholar in India, posited its existence in the late 18th century. As a result, Anthony writes, the question of its origins was “politicized almost from the beginning.” Numerous groups, ranging from the Nazis to adherents of the “goddess movement” (who saw the Indo-Europeans as bellicose invaders who upended a feminine utopia), have made self-interested claims about the Indo-European past.
via The Horse, the Wheel, and Language – David W. Anthony – Book Review – New York Times.