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15 February 2009
Reappraisal of the Indus/Vedic Civilization

An international conference on the Sindhu-Sarasvati Valley Civilization will be held on Feb 21 and 22 at Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles (USA). Prominent scholars particularly archaeologists, linguists, anthropologists, historians, religious specialists and geneticists will discus the nature of the interrelation between the Indus or Sindhu and the Sarasvati or Vedic cultures from about 3000 BCE to 1000 BCE. They will attempt to bridge the chronological, linguistic and racial gap between the material and literary cultures of the Indus and Vedic.A few fundamental questions raised are: Who were the people of Ancient India Civilizations? Were they Vedic Aryan or Indo- Aryan, Indo- Iranian or Dravidians? Has archaeological evidence confirmed the existence of common features of Vedic and Indus cultures? Is there an indigenous continuity of the culture in India and Pakistan or did the people come from outside the subcontinent?
     Prominent scholars will touch upon areas of consensus and contentions with a temporarily conclusive interdisciplinary understanding upon the topics: Indus and Sarasvati: ecology and culture, Indus and Aryan: Race and Language, The Indus Script/Language, Population: Migration and Settlement, Sociopolitical Organizations and DNA and Astronomical evidences. The conference enhances the historical understanding of the period in the Sindhu-Sarasvati area.

Source: India Post (10 February 2009)

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