|Despite Wheeler's comments, it is
difficult to see what is particularly non-Aryan about the Indus Valley
Renfrew suggests that the Indus Valley civilization was in fact
This hypothesis that early Indo-European languages were
spoken in north India with Pakistan and on the Iranian plateau at the
sixth millennium BC has the merit of harmonizing symmetrically with the
theory for the origin of the Indo-European languages in Europe. It also emphasizes the
continuity in the Indus Valley and adjacent areas from the early Neolithic
through to the floret of the Indus Valley civilization.(*49)
In addition, it does not mean that the Rig Veda dates from the
Harappan era. Harappan culture resembles that of the Yajur Veda and the Brahmanas, or the later
Vedic era. If anything the Rig Veda appears to reflect the pre-Indus
period in India, when the Sarasvati river was more prominent.
46, 47, 48, 49. C.
Renfrew, ARCHAEOLOGY AND LANGUAGE (New York: Cambridge University
Press, 1987), pp. 182, 188, 190, 196.