This excellent video (HD video with acceptable but unequal audio quality) of a November 2016 lecture at the University of California at Berkeley spans the Indus Valley Civilization, Mehrgarh, and Magan. Professor Jonathon Kenoyer (Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison) addresses recent excavations in Oman (Magan), and detailed insights into the city of Harappa. The possibility of a significant invasion is dismissed, and the fact that 78% of India’s population speaks Indo-Aryan languages is not addressed. I have previously discussed the strange contortions taken by archaeologists to avoid suggesting that any aspect of a civilization (the gorilla in this room being the Indo-Aryan language) was other than a local development. 78% of the population speaking Indo-Aryan is a local development…r-i-g-h-t! In fairness to Indo-European speaking archaeologists, if they want to work in such a political environment, if they love the subject civilization, then they must pay tribute to local jingoism. Politics dominates virtually all professional commitments.
This is the most recent scholarly video on the IVC that I have found, and I urge you to listen attentively to Professor Kenoyer, and to the audience questions at the conclusion.
If you’re interested in previous posts on this website regarding the IVC, put Indus Valley in the search bar and pick the first dozen or so that are listed.
Thanks for visiting,
R. E. J. Burke