The Indo-Aryans of Ancient South Asia: Language, Material Culture and Ethnicity

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George Erdosy
Walter de Gruyter, Oct 25, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 439 pages
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Contents

I Theoretical perspectives
1
2 Have Aryans been identified in the prehistoric skeletal record from South Asia? Biological anthropology and concepts of ancient races
32
Judging the linguistic evidence of the Veda
67
Linguistic and textual parametres
85
5 The concepts of cultural tradition and palaeoethnicity in South Asian archaeology
126
6 The Avesta as source for the early history of the Iranians
155
Some general considerations
177
II Historical perspectives
192
IndoAryan and Dravidian prehistory
258
12 Dialect variation in Old and Middle IndoAryan
278
The question of Kṣatriya Sanskrit and related problems
293
poets chieftains and polities
307
Textuallinguistic and archaeological evidence
353
The botanical evidence
382
Author Index
407
General Index
410

The archaeological evidence
206
The Indus Valley Tradition and the IndoGangetic Tradition in South Asia
213

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