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CIVILIZATION, AN INDIGENOUS DEVELOPMENT
Current archaeological data do not
support the existence of an Indo-Aryan or European invasion
into South Asia at any time in the prior
Instead, it is possible to document archaeologically a series of cultural changes reflecting indigenous
cultural development from prehistoric to historic periods.
The Indo-Aryan invasion as an academic concept in eighteenth
and nineteenth century Europe reflected the cultural milieu of the
period. Linguistic data were used to validate the concept that in turn was
used to interpret archaeological and anthropological data.(*45)
The idea of the Aryan invasion was the product of linguistic speculation
and archeological data was twisted into that model. Now the
archeological data is shown either not to fit the theory or the date
ascribed to it, while the literary evidence (the Vedas) never did.
45. J. Shaffer, "The Indo-Aryan Invasions: Cultural Myth and
Archaeological Reality," from J. Lukacs Ed., THE PEOPLE OF
SOUTH ASIA (New York: Plenum 1984), p. 88.