Sintashta, BMAC and the Indo-Iranians. A query. Linguistic Evidence for Cultural Exchange in Prehistoric Western Central Asia. The Home of the Aryans. Autochthonous Aryans? The Evidence from Old Indian and Iranian Texts.Looking back, these old school linguistics articles make a lot more sense than most of the supposedly cutting-edge population genetics papers coming out at around the same time dealing with the Indo-Aryan question. Many population geneticists back then took the view that the ancestors of the Indo-Aryans could not have spread from the European steppes to India because Y-chromosome haplogroup R1a apparently showed the greatest haplotype diversity in the Indus Valley. Well, what a load of crock that turned out to be. See also... The Poltavka outlier
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Sintashta, BMAC and the Indo-Iranians
I'm perusing the online archives of Harvard Sanskrit Professor Michael Witzel. The links below are worth checking out for some background info on the prehistory of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. There's a very cool map on page 6 of the second PDF.