[INDOLOGY] Lexical challenge for the OIT

Luis Gonzalez-Reimann reimann at berkeley.edu
Fri Oct 19 00:15:20 UTC 2018

Dear all,

Regarding the into India versus out of India conversation, I would 
suggest looking at the latest DNA study on the topic. It is the most 
recent and most comprehensive study to date, from this year. Here is a 
general article noting its conclusions:


For the scientific study itself:


The following map from the article summarizes the main population 
movements found with the current data. The map also appears in:

Reich, David. 2018. /Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the 
New Science of the Human Past/. New York: Pantheon Books. Chapter six is 
about India. Reich, at Harvard, is maybe the leading scientist in this 

The main thing for this discussion in the map is the Indian Cline, which 
shows a movement into India from Inner Asia between 2000 BCE and 1700 
BCE. Notice also how those who are here identified as the Yamnaya 
pastoralists migrated west into Europe, and east and south into South 
Asia. Genetics, of course, is not the same as language, but it is 
striking that the period from 2000 to 1700 BCE coincides perfectly with 
the dates that have been estimated for the arrival of the self-styled 
Aryas into South Asia.

The map has high resolution, so it can be amplified. Here it is:

Luis González-Reimann

UC, Berkeley

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