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The Indo-Europeans appear as
early and independent inventors of civilization of a sophisticated urban
basis by the third millennium BC. This suggests a greater antiquity
and sophistication for other Indo-European cultures, those of Europe, the Middle East and
Central Asia. The origins of European culture may lie not with
the ancient Greeks but with the Hindus and be found in the Vedas,
not as the record of nomadic Indo-European culture but of early Indo-European urban civilization.
Second it turns the ancient Vedas
of India into an authentic record of a culture at least as old as the third millennium BC. As the Vedic literary
record is very large, it indicates that we retain a priceless treasure, a
well preserved literary record from our ancient ancestors over four
thousand years old, complete with accents and commentaries. The
Vedas are chanted by Brahmins today much as they were over four
thousand years ago in the Indus-Sarasvati culture.