We attended at the fifth International Topical Conference, held by the Project Origin of Slovenians, june 8th and 9th 2007 in Ljubljana, entitled

ORIGIN OF EUROPEANS
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There were several of interesting studies being presented by numerous lecturers, among which the most prominent was surely mr. Mihael Budja, professor of Achaeology on Ljubljana Faculty at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.Image

Friday
Prof. Budja
was also the first to present his paper, entitled Who are the Europeans?. Author presented the development of hunter-gatherers\' and farmer\'s populational dynamics in the context of transition to farming through modern genetic research.
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In his lecture, Budja made three important points:
1. Climatic changes must not be overlooked in the scientific field anymore!
2. Migrations were never so massive, to erase a genetic picture in Europe, since 75% of the genetic Base derives from the Proto-neolithic population.
3. Genetic research should aim more for the Mesolithic genetic markers, since there was some confusion with historical migrations, which were not considered in several studies.
So for conclusion, we could say that the Slavic mass migration is not supported by prof. Budja\'s paper!
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ImageVenetic theory and the ethnogenesis of Sloveni was the paper presented by mr. Robert Petrič, another rookie at the Conference.
The intent of his lecture was to make another general review of the so-called autochtonistic Venetic Theory. It is really not easy to say that so many authors (as Petrič has presented) would make a mistake in saying Slavs were autochtonous!
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Mr. Marjan Moškon from Novo Mesto presented his point of view of the genesis of the south Slavs with the paper entitled From beyond the Carpathian Mountains. Through writings of an Medieval chronicler A. Kačič, he presented the idea of Croatians and Serbs being late invaders into an already Slavic territory of Balkans.Image


ImageMr. Joseph Škulj focused in his paper on Y-chromosome Frequencies and the Implications on the Theories Relating to the Origin and Settlement of Finno-Ugric, Proto-Hungarian and Slavic Populations. One of many interesting points he made was the study of the haplogroup 16 (N3), which is present in the NE of Carpathians, but missing in the S or SW direction - thus indicating Slovenians are not late comers and that Finno-Ugrian influence to Slovenians is almost impossible.
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Image With the paper "Finno-Ugrian plural forms" in Slovenian by prof. Anton Perdih, the possible borrowed forms were actually found as original, autochtonous.


ImageIn the coffee breaks, many things were additionaly discussed ...


Image The title TRACING THE SCRIPT AND THE LANGUAGE OF THE ANCIENT MACEDONIANS was presented by one of the two authors, Aristotel Tentov from Skopje (Macedonia). The Rosetta Stone with 4500 signs on it was studied. A part of the text is supposed to be an ancient Macedonian language, using a commonletter writting system.
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ImageBetacism in the Tolminski dialect by prof. Anton Perdih enlightened another interesting evolution of the Sounds B and V. As indicated they should both have derived from a special sound U, still used in the closed Tolminski dialect.


Image Prof. Duša Krnel-Umek presented her paper Ancient settlers at the northern Adriatic in the descriptions from the 16th to 19th century, showing that the "old" settlers described in this Region were mostly known as Carni (Karni).


ImagePavel Serafimov explained that most of Thracian Place names can be understood through Slavic languages (Etymological analysis of Thracian toponyms and hydronyms).


Saturday
Translation of Eteocretan Epioi Inscription was another lecture by mr. Pavel Serafimov. It was an attempt to translate the Eteocretan inscription with the help of Old Church Slavonic language. The morphology of the inscription is supposed to be the same as of the funerary inscriptions of Old Bulgarians.


ImageLinguistic Distances between Ancient Languages were presented by mr. Giancarlo Tomezzoli. The intent was to include to the known database of Venetic, Latin and Slovene words, also a database of Rhaetic vocabulary, which showed an alphabetic structure close to the Venetic.

ImageOnce again Pavel Serafimov presented another attempt of New reading of the Thracian inscription on the golden ring from Ezerovo.


Giancarlo Tomezzoli together with the latter presented The Stones of Newton (Scotland) - which might be a remnant of the Iazyges, a Sarmatic tribe, documented on the Island.


ImageMr. Vinko Vodopivec presented several readings of Some Gallic inscriptions, a confirmation of Slavic communities in Gaul prior to Roman occupation.


The Lord\'s Prayer "Our Father" indicates Slovenians are West Slavs was the last paper, written by Petr Jandáček, presented by A. Perdih. Author made his point with comparing some basic words from the prayer and thus concluding Slovenes were West Slavs.


ImageMr. Piero Favero from Udine (Videm) came also to present his book REITIA Dea dei Veneti where he seeks connections of the Veneti with the Slavs though ancient Greek Mythology.

ImageLast but not least, the guest of honor, mrs. Jožica Gerden came to greet us from Australia. She brought everybody new motivation for further work with her bright smile and kind words!

For the conclusion we could say, that it was another interesting Conference, put up by enormous amount of work, done by either tireless researchers or -sometimes even more- by attentive organizers - thumbs up!