INDIAN PHILOLOGY AND SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES,
(IPSAS) Vol. 1 =======================================

THE INDO-ARYANS OF ANCIENT SOUTH ASIA
LANGUAGE, MATERIAL CULTURE AND ETHNICITY
George Erdosy, ed.
Berlin/New York 1996
XXIIm, 417 pp., with 13 figures and 15 maps. Cloth.
ISBN 311 014447 6

  • The volume offers a range of papers concerning archaeological and linguistic approaches to a study of the emergence of Indo-Aryan speakers in the 2nd millennium BC. Its underlying theme is the need to reconcile the approaches of these two disciplines towards ethicity, migrations and social evolution since much of the current confusion regarding the "Aryan problem" stems from mutual misunderstandings of the subject matter, aims, approaches and limitations of archaeology and linguistics. The aim of the papers, thus, is to outline avenues to a solution of the problem, rather than to grope for the solutions themselves.

  • CONTENTS

    I. Theoretical perspectives

    G. Erdosy, Language, material culture and ethnicity: theoretical perspectives.

    K.A.R. Kennedy, Have Aryans been identified in the prehistoric skeletal record from South Asia? Biological anthropology and concepts of ancient races.

    M. M. Deshpande, Vedic Aryans, non-Vedic Aryans and non- Aryans: judging the linguistic evidence of the Veda.

    M. Witzel, Early Indian history: linguistic and textual parameters.

    J.G. Shaffer and D.A. Lichtenstein: The concepts of "cultural tradition" and "palaeoethnicity" in South Asian Archaeology.

    P.O. Skjaervo, The Avesta as source for the early history of the Iranians


    II. Historical perspectives

    F.T. Hiebert, South Asia from a Central Asian perspective (3500-1750 B.C.)

    W.A. Fairservis, Central Asia and the Rigveda - the archaeological evidence

    J. M. Kenoyer, Interaction systems, specialized crafts and culture change: the Indus Valley Tradition and the Indo-Gangetic Tradition in South Asia

    F. C. Southworth, Reconstructing social context from language: Indo-Aryan and Dravidian prehistory

    K. R. Norman, Dialect variation in Old and Middle Indo-Aryan

    R. Salomon, On drawing socio-linguistic distinctions in Old Indo-Aryan: the question of Kshatriya Sanskrit and related problems

    M. Witzel, Rigvedic history: poets, chieftains and polities

    A. Parpola, The problem of the Aryans and the Soma: the archaeological evidence

    H. Nyberg, The problems of the Aryans and the Soma: the botanical evidence