Conference on Sindhu-Saraswati Civilisation

Conference on Sindhu-Saraswati Civilisation in Los Angeles, Feb 21 and 22.

Conference on Sindhu-Saraswati Civilization

An international conference on the Sindhu-Saraswati Valley Civilization will be held in Los Angeles, at the Hilton Center of Loyola Marymount University on Feb. 21 and 22, 2009. The aim of the conference is to discuss, reconsider and reconstruct a shared identity of the Sindhu (Indus) and Saraswati cultures, using archaeological and other scientific evidence as well as Vedic literature. For two days eminent archaeologists, linguists, anthropologists, historians, religious studies specialists and geneticists will present and discuss their findings on the salient issues of the Sindhu-Saraswati civilization and assess its contribution to Indian culture.

The conference hopes to inform the general educated public about the contribution of these early South Asian cultures to world civilization, and about the issues and problems of interpretation related to them. 

Discussion Themes:

1.  Time: Chronology of Indus Valley and Vedic Cultures.  

2.  People: Linguistic Relationship 

3   Geographical location: The Saraswati and the Indus cultural habitats

4.  Patterns of Cultural Interactions: Trade, Religion, Polity.

5.  Origins, Homeland, Migration.

6.  Continuities: Biological, Ethnological 

Individual talks for 30 minutes, with 15 minute Q&A time.

  Time: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm – Feb 21, 2009

 9.00 am to 2.00 pm-Feb 22, 2009    


Jonathan Mark Kenoyer ( University of Wisconsin)

B.B. Lal (Former DG, Archaeological Survey of India)

Jim G. Shaffer ( Case Western Reserve University)

Carl C. Lamberg-Karlovsky ( Harvard University)

S.R.Rao (Archaeological Survey of India and NIO)

Edwin Bryant ( Rutgers University)

Vijendra Kumar Kashyap (National Institute of Biologicals, India)

Maurizio Tosi ( University of Bologna , Italy )

Ashok Aklujkar ( University of British Columbia)

R.S. Bisht (Archaeological Survey of India)

Louis Flam ( City University of New York)

Dennys Frenez ( University of Bologna)

Shiva Bajpai (California State University, Northridge)

Nicholas Kazanas ( Omilos Meleton Cultural Institute , Athens )

Subhash Kak ( Oklahama State University)

The papers presented at the conference will be made available to the people at the venue and later published as a volume about the origins, people and culture of the Indus/Sindhu Valley and Saraswati Valley civilizations.


Doshi Bridgebuilder Endowment,  Loyola Marymount University

Nalanda International

Soka University of America

Classics and Archaeology, Loyola Marymount University.

College of Liberal Arts, Loyola Marymount University

Rediff has written about this upcoming conference.



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  2. singh

    Conference on Sindhu-Saraswati Civilisation very good effort

    Actually ……archeological evidences show Aryans never existed.British linguist Max-Muller created this Aryan Invasion theory based on language and color. But it is now disregarded as it has been proved wrong by the archeologists.

    This theory was supported by the Europeans to prove their superiority and to justify that India was already colonized in the past.

    DNA’s show that all the people in India including Brahmins are indigenous people not some foreigners.

    If Aryans came to India and settled here, then why didn’t British , French and other European people settle here post Independence??? Why are more and more Indians spreading and settling across the world and fewer of foreigners settling in India?

    We have seen black coloured Brahmins and brown skinned Kshatriyas and fair/white out-castes.

    Even the Hindu Gods are Black.

    So colour is not the basis of caste system in India.

  3. Hariharan

    We should congratulate the then Honourable Union
    minister for Human Resources Development Department Shri Murli Manohar Joshi of NDA government for providing financial assistance and taking serious concern to carry on scientific research which had been conducted by Ground Water Survey of Rajasthan, Indian Space research Organization (ISRO) and numerous other Scientific institutions of India.

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