Of the writing systems of the ancient world which still await deciphering, the Indus script is the most important. It developed in the Indus or. Of the writing systems of the ancient world which still await deciphering, the Indus script is the most important. It developed in the Indus or Harappan Civilization. Author: Asko Parpola, University of Helsinki Of the writing systems of the ancient world which still await deciphering, the Indus script is the most important.

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It is thus likely that the Indus art, religious motifs and craft editions survived and can be traced in Sanskrit literature from the days of the Rigveda, and also in Old Tamil traditions recorded in the Sangam poems.

The main purpose of this paper is to present a new systematic analysis of all known copper tablets from Mohenjo-daro and to underline the special significance of this category of inscribed objects for the study of the Indus script. Long and Decjphering Banerji.

On the Asiatic wild asses and their vernacular names. Journal of the American Oriental Society 1: Elizarenkova memorial volume, Book 2. BAR International Series Central Institute of Classical Tamil. Colin Renfrewwho has reviewed sdript article, called it a “richly annotated and well-illustrated essay,” which brings together a number of different lines of arguments, including literary and archaeological.

Essays in honor of Frits Staal.

Parpola and the Indus script

It is a very scholarly work and deserves appreciation. Speakers te Aryan languages have indistinguishably merged with speakers of Dravidian and Munda languages millennia ago, creating a composite Indian society containing elements inherited from every source. The Finnish Oriental Society.


Parpola’s long journal article The Coming of the Aryans is widely cited by historians and scholars of Indo-European Studies. Towards Further Understanding of the Indus Script.

At the end of the paper, I deal with the problem concerning the creation of the Indus script. Volume in honour of Professor Minoru Hara on his seventieth birthday. It then addresses various aspects of Indus seals, including inscriptions, the photographic Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions, seals as badges of authority and amulets, seals as administrative tools, and seal manufacture. Russian State University for the Humanities.

Publications of the great Indologist Fr.

History of Science in South Asia 1 Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae B HinduismMahabharataand Indology. The earliest Tamil inscriptions date from the Mauryan Era.

At the outset, we admit that we are aasko amateurs and in our own way we have been studying the Indus script for almost 30 years.

The language of the Indus civilization — Essays in honor of Padmanabh S.

Deciphering the Indus Script – Asko Parpola – Google Books

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Proto-Indo-European speakers of the Late Tripolye culture as the inventors of wheeled vehicles. Payne edsOn meaning and mantras: Journal of the American Oriental Society. Asko Parpola received the Kalaignar M. Nevertheless, I am ready to fight for the truth, and in my opinion, the Tamils are entitled to some pride for having preserved so well the linguistic heritage of the Indus Civilisation.

Based on a proto-Dravidian assumption, they proposed readings of many signs, some agreeing with the suggested readings of Heras and Knorozov such as askp the “fish” sign with the Dravidian word for fish “min” but disagreeing on several other readings.


Professor Parpola is aware of the Harappan heritage of both Indo-Aryan and Dravidian languages, the former culturally and the latter linguistically.

The split of Indo-Iranian can be traced in the archaeological record to the differentiation of the Yamnaya culture in the North Pontic and Volga steppes respectively during the third millennium BCE, due to the use of separate sources parpopa metal: On the Historical Background of the Sanskrit Epics.

Felicitation volume in honour of Iravatham Mahadevan. An English translation and study, I 2: Deciphering the Indus Script. Prolegomena to a forthcoming edition and translation. The Rigvedic Indo-Aryans and the Dasas — Religion in the Aeko script — Conclusion — Professor Parpola’s work on the Indus script will prove to be as important and as long-lasting as U. The Tiger of Margiana. The three ways of chanting in a sacrificial laud: Dilmun, Magan and Meluhha — His fascinating study confirms that the Indus script was logo-syllabic, and that the Indus language belonged to the Dravidian family.

As such, the chapter provides a brief but thorough introduction to the more detailed studies that comprise the rest of the volume.