• Methodological issues in the Indo-European debate

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      Archaeogenetics; Aryan; Harappa; Harappan; Indo-Aryan; Indo-European

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      The Indo-European debate has been going on for a century and a half. Initially confined to linguistics, race-basedanthropology and comparative mythology, it soon extended to archaeology, especially with the discovery of the Harappancivilization, and peripheral disciplines such as agriculture, archaeometallurgy or archaeoastronomy. The latest entrant in thefield, archaeogenetics, is currently all but claiming that it has finally laid to rest the whole issue of a hypothetical migrationof Indo-Aryan speakers to the Indian subcontinent in the second millennium BCE. This paper questions the finality of thisclaim by pointing to inherent limitations, methodological issues and occasional biases in current studies as well as in theinterpretation of archaeological evidence.

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      1. Archaeological Sciences Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Palaj, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382 355, India
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