Ancient Movements of the Indo-Aryans and Indo-Iranians
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Book ID : 37956
ISBN-10 : 81-246-0554-8 / 8124605548
ISBN-13 : 978-81-246-0554-7 / 9788124605547
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Edition : (First Edition)
Language : English
xi, 272p., B/W Illus., Figs., Maps, Bib., Index, 23 cm.
CONTENTS:- 1. The Prehistory of Central Asia: Datable Pottery and Other Artefacts. 2. The Indo-Aryan Movements: Western and Eastern Indo-Aryans. 3. The Indo-Iranian Movements: Central and North-Eastern Indo-Iranians. 4. Other Civilisations of Central Asia. 5. Neighbours, Partners and Heirs. 6. Summary and Conclusions.
In an attempt to explore the ancient history of Central Asia and of the movement of ancient peoples, the work examines the affinities and interactions of the people who called themselves Arya, that is, the Indo-Aryans and the Indo-Iranians, with other peoples and nations of the ancient world, like the Semites, the Hurrians and the Medes. It delves into the processes of acculturation when people of different cultures came in contact with each other at a time that goes back to the very earliest of times (ninth or tenth millennium bce). It examines the movements of the Indo-Aryans and the Indo-Iranians across Asia and their neighbours and active trade partners like the Sumerians, the people of Mesopotamia and the Harappans. It thus throws light on the interactions of the early Indo-Aryans and Indo-Iranians with other flourishing central Asian civilisations of the time. It cites references to ancient traditions that still prevail among peoples in different cultures from different parts of the world, pointing out how these testify to the continuity of ancient traditions and, importantly, the ancient interaction between cultures.