|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)
When Wheeler speaks of "the Aryan invasion of the Land of the Seven Rivers, the Punjab," he has no
warranty at all, so far as I can see.
If one checks the dozen references in the Rig
Veda to the Seven Rivers, there is nothing in them that to me implies an invasion: the land
of the Seven Rivers is the land of the Rig Veda, the scene of action.(*47)
46, 47, 48, 49. C.
Renfrew, ARCHAEOLOGY AND LANGUAGE (New York: Cambridge University
Press, 1987), pp. 182, 188, 190, 196.