Wales Professor of Sanskrit, Harvard University (1987)

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003)

Honorary member, German Oriental Society (2009)

(Ehrenmitglied, Deutsche Morgenlšndische Gesellschaft, elected 2009; hon. members)

PERSONAL home page (6/24/96),  and home page (1999-) for: 

Association for the Study of Language in Prehistory ASLIP, see now: aslip.org

Michael Witzel                                                                  Curriculum Vitae
Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies
1 Bow Street, 3rd fl., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA                          List of Publications  (update 2/2008)
phones (general) : x-1-617-495 3295, 617-496 8570 -- fax 496 8571-- direct line 496 2990. 

President, ASLIP (1999-), & IACM (2006-)
Indo-Eurasian_research group     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Indo-Eurasian_research
Comparative Mythology group    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/compmyth
ASLIP's MTLR discussion list: MTLR@yahoogroups.com


14th Round Table on the Ethnogenesis of South and Central Asia ( Harvard U., October 4-5, 2010)

4th International Conference on Comparative Mythology of the International Association for Comparative Mythology (Harvard U., October 6-9, 2010)



The Origins of the World's Mythologies. Oxford University Press -- Fall 2010. (Publisher's announcement) (cover) (blurb)

Rig-Veda. Das heilige Wissen. Erster und zweiter Liederkreis. Aus dem vedischen Sanskrit übersetzt und herausgegeben von Michael Witzel und Toshifumi Goto unter Mitarbeit von Eijiro Doyama und Mislav Jezic.  Frankfurt: Verlag der Weltreligionen. 2007, pp. 1-889.
(First complete translation of the Rgveda into a western language since Geldner's of 1929/1951). cover contents1 contents2    amazon.de

Rig-Veda Vol. II (Rigveda III-V), Fall 2010 (M.Witzel, Toshifumi Goto, Salvatore Scarlata)

Das Alte Indien. 2nd edition 2010
http://www.chbeck.de/productview.aspx?product=12469 -- http://www.chbeck.de/productview.aspx?product=12469

Moving Targets? Texts, language, archaeology, and history in the Late Vedic and early Buddhist periods. Indo-Iranian Journal 52, 2009, 287-310

The linguistic history of some Indian domestic plants. Journal of BioSciences 34 (6) December 2009. Indian Academy of Sciences.

Chuo Ajia Shinwa to Nihon Shinwa [Central Asian Mythology and Japanese Mythology; in Japanese], Annual Report of the Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics, Kokugakuin University. Heisei 21, (Sept. 2009), 85-96

Hindutva view of History. Rewriting Textsbook in India and the United States  (with K. Visvesvaran, Nandini Majrekar, Dipta Bhog, and Uma Chakravarti). Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. 10th Anniversary edition. Winter/Spring 2009, 101-11

Slaying the dragon across Eurasia. In: Bengtson, John D. (ed.) In Hot Pursuit of Language in Prehistory. Essays in the four fields of anthropology. In honor of Harold Crane Fleming.  Amsterdam/Philadeplphia: John Benjamin’s Publishing Company 2008: 263-286

Myths and Consequences. Review of Stefan Arvidsson, Indo-European Mythology as Ideology and Science. (Chicago University Press 2006). Science, vol. 317, 28 September 2007, 1868-1869 (Manuscript Number: 1141619).  http://www. sciencemag.org
Summary: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/317/5846/1868?ijkey=vNHCuWdIhTviU&keytype=ref&siteid=sci Full Text:† http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/317/5846/1868?ijkey=vNHCuWdIhTviU&keytype=ref&siteid=sci

Out of Africa: the Journey of the Oldest Tales of Humankind. In: Generalized Science of Humanity Series, Vol. I. Tokyo: Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa 2006: 21-65

Brahmanical Reactions to Foreign Influences and to Social and Religious Change. In: Olivelle, P. (ed.) Between the Empires. Society in India between 300 BCE and 400 CE. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2006: 457-499

Creation myths. In: T. Osada (ed.), Proceedings of the Pre-Symposium of RHIN and 7th ESCA Harvard-Kyoto Round Table. Published by the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RHIN), Kyoto, Japan  2006: 284-318

Memories of a Hindu Nepal: Accounts of a Personal Journey. Swadharma.  Harvardís Hinduism Journal, I, May 2006:18-24 

SOME RECENT PUBLICATIONS (excerpt, for full list see: List of Publications):

Rama's Realm: Indocentric Rewritings of Early South Asian Archaeology and History.  In: Archaeological Fantasies. How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public,  ed. by G. G. Fagan.London/New York: Routledge 2006:203-232 --  Discussion by  Colin Renfrew

Indocentrism: Autochthonous visions of ancient India. In:  The Indo-Aryan controversy : evidence and inference in Indian history / edited by Edwin F. Bryant and Laurie L. Patton.  London  & New York : Routledge, 2005: 341-404

Vala and Iwato. The Myth of the Hidden Sun in India, Japan and beyond
EJVS12-1 (March 1, 2005), 1-69 pdf; additional pictures, tables, maps: pdf (big file!)

The Collapse of the Indus-Script Thesis: The Myth of a Literate Harappan Civilization
by  Steve Farmer, Richard Sproat, and Michael Witzel  EJVS 11-2  Dec. 13, 2005)
Discussion in SCIENCE MAGAZINE  306, Dec. 17., 2004, 2026-2029

Katha Âranyaka. Critical edition with a translation into German and an introduction.
Cambridge: Harvard Oriental Series 65. 2004  [pp. lxxix, XXVI, 220, with color facsimiles of the Kashmir bhûrja MS]

The Rgvedic Religious System and its Central Asian and Hindukush Antecedents
In: A. Griffiths & J.E.M. Houben (eds.). The Vedas: Texts, Language and Ritual. Groningen: Forsten  [Nov.] 2004: 581-636  (www.forsten.nl)

Linguistic Evidence for Cultural Exchange in Prehistoric Western Central Asia.
Philadelphia: Sino-Platonic Papers 129,  Dec. 2003, [Aug.  2004]

Das Alte Indien [History of Old India]. München: C.H. Beck  [C.H. Beck Wissen in der Beck'schen Reihe] March 2003. (Euro 7.90) [Contents]. Second, slightly updated edition 2010.

Comparison and Reconstruction: Language and Mythology. Mother Tongue VI, 2001, 45-62 pdf (comp.myth)

Autochthonous Aryans? The Evidence from Old Indian and Iranian Texts. EJVS May 2001 pdf

Early Sources for South Asian Substrate Languages.Boston: Mother Tongue, extra number 1999 pdf

Early Sanskritization. Origins and development of the Kuru State. B. Kölver (ed.). Recht, Staat und Verwaltung im klassischen Indien. The state, the Law, and Administration in Classical India. München : R. Oldenbourg 1997 : 27-52 pdf (EJVS version); early summary, Kyoto 1989

Early Indian History: Linguistic and Textual Parameters. in: Language, Material Culture and ethnicity. The Indo-Aryans of Ancient South Asia, ed. G. Erdosy, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 1995, 85-125; --  Rgvedic history: poets, chieftains and politics,  loc.cit. 307-352 combined pdf (uncorrected)

New pdfs: see List of Publications:


* Project on Substrate Languages of South Asia (SARVA) in collaboration with F. Southworth and the Institute for the Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), 2004-
-  Starting point: CDIAL's starred items (reconstructed OIA words not attested in texts)
SARVA utilities:  Turner's CDIAL and Burrow-Emeneau's  DEDR (searchable simultaneously); SARVA dictionary; discussion lists.

13th Round Table on the Ethnogenesis of South and Central Asia (Kyoto Session, RHIN, May 30-31, 2009)

11th Round Table on the Ethnogenesis of South and Central Asia (Cambridge May 8-9, 2008)


*  Project on Comparative Mythology (sponsored by: Asia Center, Harvard, 2003-6); description, results

International Association for Comparative Mythology 2006- (Cambridge, MA)

Founding Conference, Peking University, Beijing, May 10-13, 2006

The Deep History of Stories. (First) International Conference on Comparative Mythology, Edinburgh, Scotland.  August 28-30, 2007 (10th ESCA Round Table). Announcements; Program

Second International Conference on Comparative Mythology, Ravenstein, Netherlands. August, 19-21, 2008 Program

3rd International Conference on Comparative Mythology of the International Association for Comparative Mythology (Tokyo, Kokugakuin University, May 23-24, 2009: = 12th Round Table, Tokyo session

ENDANGERED LANGUAGES and cultures of the Hindukush & Himalaya: KALASH and KUSUNDA



Indian Studies 117:  Early History of South Asia  (Michael Witzel and Richard H. Meadow)
    Indian Studies 206:  Old Indian and Eurasian Creation Myths: Seminar
    Indian Studies 110:  History of South Asia to 1200 CE

*  ENLARGED (Mac) VERSION OF: VEDIC CONCORDANCE, HOS 10 (M. Bloomfield and Marco Franceschini  © 2005 (updated April 2005,  Feb. 2001);  PC and Mac version at Bologna. Published in HOS, 2008.

*  Harappan Civilization & The Veda: Debate in the THE HINDU, OPEN PAGE  (Jan. 2002 Jan. 2004)

OPINION PAGES: OUTLOOK (2000-1) and FRONTLINE: Horseplay in Harappa; in HINDI; THE HINDU (2002/3)

*  Rückspiegel  -- PRATIBIMBA -- Rear View Mirror

* Coming soon: Looking back at the California History Schoolbook Affair, 2005-2009


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