|Even scholars who are still
postulating a common Aryan homeland in Europe or Central Asia
are making the period of diffusion from it from 4000 to 6000 BC, or
early enough to allow an entry of Indo-Aryans into India before the beginning of the Harappan culture.
Colin Renfrew, places the Indo-Europeans in Greece as early
as 6000 BC. He suggests such a possible early date for their entry
into India as well:
As far as I can see there is nothing in the Hymns of the Rig Veda which
demonstrates that the Vedic-speaking population were
intrusive to the area: this comes rather from a historical assumption
of the "coming of the Indo-Europeans."(*46)
46, 47, 48, 49. C. Renfrew, ARCHAEOLOGY AND LANGUAGE (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987),
pp. 182, 188, 190, 196.