Slice Of Pie
- Proto-Indo-European was spoken in the Pontic-Caspian steppe around 4000 BC.
- Spread through Eurasia. One line went west, into Europe. One, Indo-Iranian, came south.
- The Indo-Aryan family branched off from that.
Michael Witzel is the Wales Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard University. At a conference earlier this year, he gave a talk titled Beyond the Flight of the Falcon: Early ‘Aryans’ within and outside India, to be published in Kumkum Roy et al. Excerpts from a version edited and extended for Outlook: