J. P. Mallory

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James Patrick Mallory (born 1945) is an Irish-American archaeologist and Indo-Europeanist. Mallory is an emeritus professor at Queen's University, Belfast;[1] a member of the Royal Irish Academy,[2] and the editor of the Journal of Indo-European Studies[3] and Emania: Bulletin of the Navan Research Group (Belfast).[1]


Mallory was born in Belfast in 1945.[4] He received his A.B. in History from Occidental College in California in 1967,[2] then served three years in the US Army as a military police sergeant. He received his Ph.D. in Indo-European studies from UCLA in 1975.[5][2] He has held several posts at Queen's beginning in 1977, becoming Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology in 1998.

He has written an account on Indo-Hittite linguistics. Mallory's research has focused on Early Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe, the problem of the Urheimat (homeland) of the Proto-Indo-Europeans, and the archaeology of early Ireland. He favors an integrative approach to these issues, comparing literary, linguistic and archaeological evidence to answer historical questions.[citation needed]

Mallory has been strongly critical of Colin Renfrew's theory of Indo-European origins, which locates the Urheimat of this language family in early Neolithic Anatolia and associates its spread with the spread of agriculture. Mallory defends linguistic palaeontology as a valid tool for solving the Indo-European homeland problem, arguing that Renfrew is sceptical about it precisely because it offers evidence against the latter's own model. Mallory's book with Douglas Q. Adams, entitled The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World (Oxford University Press, 2006) provides an account of the reconstructed language Proto-Indo-European and assesses what it can tell us about the society that spoke it.[citation needed]

Major works[edit]


  • Mallory, J. P. (1989). In Search of the Indo-Europeans: Language, Archaeology and Myth. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-27616-1.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Mallory, J. P.; T. E. McNeill (1991). The Archaeology of Ulster. Belfast: Dufour Editions. ISBN 0-85389-353-5.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Mallory, J. P.; Victor H. Mair (2000). The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-05101-1.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Mallory, J. P.; Adams, D. Q. (2006). The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199287910.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Mallory, J. P. (2013). The Origins of the Irish. London–New York: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0500051755.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Mallory, J.P. (2016). In search of the Irish dreamtime : archaeology & early Irish literature. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 9780500051849.

Edited volumes[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Prof. Mallory's Academic Homepage at QUB
  2. ^ a b c Royal Irish Academy Membership entry
  3. ^ Journal of Indo-European Studies
  4. ^ J.P. Mallory; T.E. McNeill (1991). The archaeology of Ulster from colonization to plantation. Institute of Irish Studies. 29. Belfast: Queen's University of Belfast. p. 253. ISBN 0853893527.
  5. ^ J.P. Mallory, "The Indo-European Homeland Problem: The Logic of the Inquiry" Ph.D. dissertation - UCLA. Ann Arbor (Mass): Xerox Microfilms, 1975.

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