Edwin Bryant ebryant at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Sat May 16 12:04:54 UTC 1998

On Thu, 14 May 1998, N. Ganesan wrote:

> Want to know the references on identifying Sarasvati of the
> Rig Veda as the Ghaggar river. Who did this identification first?
> Did s/he publish it?

Sir Aurel Stein.  It was published recently in a volume by S.P.Gupta
called 'An Archaeological Tour Along the Ghaggar/Hakra River' (or some
such thing).  I personally find the identification with Sarasvati
convincing.  However, I don't know of any reliable and thorough efforts
made to date the various stages of the drying up of this river.  Until
this is done, her usefulness for dating the texts that mention her seems
limited.   Does Dr. Subramanya know of any authoritative dating data?
Regards,   Edwin

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