http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/%7Ewitzel/RT2004.htm

 

 

PROGRAM

 

 

SATURDAY May 8

 

Archaeology and language

 

 

O. Bar-Yosef : Neandertals and Modern Humans in the Caucasus region - continuity or replacement?

 

Ph. Kohl  : The circulation of materials and peoples between the steppes and the greater ancient Near East in late prehistoric times.

 

M. Witzel : Sintashta,  BMAC and the Indo-Iranians. A query.

 

R. Mughal :   Ethnoarchaeological  investigations in Chitral, Pakistan: A preliminary survey

 

S. Farmer : The Functions of Myth in Indus Inscriptions

 

R. Meadow  : Aspects of the iconography of the molded tablets from Harappa

 

S. Clark : Interpretation myths about the Indus ‘mother goddess’ figurines

 

P. Eltsov :  The idea of the Harappan and Gangetic city: archaeology and  texts

 

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S. Palaniappan : Tamil vs. Aryan: Identities in conflict and coexistence

 

 

 

SUNDAY May 9

 

 

J. Bengtson:  Recent findings on Burushaski and its probable genetic relationships  (Evolution of Human Language, a project of the Santa Fe Institute)

 

F. Southworth  :  Non-Indo-Aryan elements in Marathi: implications for the early  history of the Deccan

 

M. Lockwood  : The  Creation of the Pallava Tamil Script.

 

A. Sharma: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on the Aryan Invasion

 

 

Genetics and Comparative mythology

 

 

P. Underhill : The South Asian Y chromosome landscape

 

R. Villems :  Genetics of South, Central and Northern Asia

 

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M. Witzel :  Laurasian, Gondwana and Pan-Gaean mythology (summary only)

 

J.R. Gardner : Database and advanced search engines for mythology and genetics.

 

W. van Binsbergen :   Long-range mythical continuities across Asia and Africa: Linguistic and iconographic evidence concerning leopard symbolism.

 

 

 

MONDAY May 10

 

 

K. Tuite  :  Methodological issues in the study of Eurasian shamanism

 

G. Thompson : Shamanism in the Rgveda and its Central Asian antecedents.

 

T. Osada: Mundra Creation Myths

 

A. Daladier : War-Khasi Mythology

 

V. Blazek : Indo-Iranian elements in the Fenno-Ugric mythological vocabulary  -- and  vice versa?

 

J. Colarusso : Nart sagas (Northwest Caucasian and Ossetian)

 

Ph. Nicholson :  Meditation Induced Light Images in the Religious Cultures of Ancient India, China and Tibet.

 

W. Lai : The Problem with Creation Myths. A Chinese Aberation? Or Maybe Not.

 

M. Puett : Notes on Early Chinese Ritual