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The Indian monsoon variability and civilization changes in the Indian subcontinent

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Science Advances  13 Dec 2017:
Vol. 3, no. 12, e1701296
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701296

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  • RE: Can anecdotal Indian Summer monsoon studies validate or falsify half-baked Vedic/Aryan migration theories?

    It appears that anecdotal summer monsoon studies reported in the following URL ignore the archaeologically attested realities of continuous settlements (e.g. Bhirrana from 7th millennium BCE), other hydrological information related to perennial Himalayan rivers and the impact of events such as aandhi or ongoing plate tectonics, which keep the Himalayan ranges in a dynamic state. To assume that climate changes alone can explain peoples' migrations appears to be an article of faith in such studies trying to buttress Indo-European lingustic doctrine and related Aryan Invasion/Migration speculations indulged in by indologists. Are these instances of pot calling the kettle black -- the calling couched in 'scientific' jargon?

    http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/12/e1701296.full The Indian monsoon variability and civilization changes in the Indian subcontinent Gayatri Kathayat1, Hai Cheng1,2,*, Ashish Sinha3, Liang Yi4, Xianglei Li1, Haiwei Zhang1, Hangying Li1, Youfeng Ning1 and R. Lawrence Edwards2
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    Science Advances 13 Dec 2017:
    Vol. 3, no. 12, e1701296

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