11th ROUND TABLE ON THE ETHNOGENESIS OF SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA

Sponsored by

Provostial funds, FAS, Harvard University
Research Centre for Humanity and Nature (RHIN), Kyoto
The Association for the Study of Language in  Prehistory  (ASLIP)
Thursday, May 8, 200
9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Location:  Barker Center (Quincy Street, Room 133).

Coffea/Tea  9 a.m.
RT start:  9:30 a.m.
 

GENETICS

N. Patterson   (Broad Institute/MIT)
Genetic insights into the mixture history of South Asian populations

YoIchiro Sato (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RHIN, Kyoto)
Rice genetics: The origins of Japonica and Indica
 

ARCHAEOLOGY

Richard Meadow (Harvard)
Thoughts on the Indus Civilization, its foundation, and its legacy from the perspective of Mehrgarh and Harappa.

Toshiki Osada (RHIN)
The Indus Project of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RHIN, Kyoto)

Russell Seitz  (Center For International Affairs, Harvard)
Carbon Dating Without Carbon:  Cosmic ray activation of trace nitrogen in lithics  and ceramics

Irene Good (Peabody Museum, Harvard)
The Archaeology of Vertical Transhumance: Revisiting Jettmar's 'Dardic Complex'

Peter Eltsov (Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut, Berlin)
The Priest-King, or the Priest and the King: On hierarchy and heterarchy in ancient Indian society
 
 

FRIDAY MAY 9,  9:30 a.m.
LOCATION:  1 BOW STREET, 3rd floor
 

LINGUISTICS:   Discussion of substrate languages of South Asia

Toshiki Osada  (RHIN, Kyoto)
On Munda Languages

Franklin Southworth (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
Linguistic Archaeology of some South Asian animal names.

John Bengtson  (Santa Fe Institute)
Mutual lexical influences between Burushaski and Indo-Aryan: Bur. loanwords in Shina, Khowar, and general Indic; IA loanwords in Bur.

Michael Witzel (Harvard)
On Substrate languages in Central and South Asia
 
 

COMPARATIVE MYTHOLOGY

P. Oktor Skjaervo (Harvard)
The "state" of research on Zoroastrian mythology

Nataliya Yanchevskaya  (Harvard)
Comparing Slavic and Indian myths

Michael Witzel (Harvard)
Central Asian and Japanese myths