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Modern state of the problem of indo-iranian origins

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This chapter provides the opposing views of Indo-Iranian origins that have been voiced in linguistics and archaeology over the course of more than two centuries. The idea of an Indo-Iranian migration from the north predominated and the Aryans' culture after their arrival in India was correlated with the Painted Gray Ware culture. The establishment of this hypothesis for an Indo-Iranian migration was a break-through in Russian science which had for years labored with the concept of autochthonous development. The Andronovan hypothesis gains an increasingly wide acceptance. However, not only its opponents, but also its adherents stress the "absence of distinct traces of the Andronovans' migration outside the boundaries of Bactria and Margiana" and regard it as "a kind of movement very unlikely to have had artifactual correlates", since the pastoralists from the north brought the Indo-Aryan language but not the pots.

Keywords: Andronovan hypothesis; Aryans culture; Indo-Aryan language; Indo-Iranian origins; painted gray ware culture; pastoralists; Russian science



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