Ancient Peoples of the Punjab

J. Przyluski

The excavations made recently in India at Harappa and at Mohenjodam have revealed the existence of many unknown civilizations. 1 Many monuments and numerous objects have been dug up. But who were Hie people contemporary to those articles ? We know nothing. Between the civilisations discovered at Harappa &, Mohenjodaro and that which we know from the most ancient Vedic texts, the gap is undoubtedly considerable. In order to shorten the interval which, in our knowledge, separate the history from prehistory. ( propose to group a certain number of facts concerning the ancient populations of the Punjab. I shall specially discuss the Udumbaras. whose coinage abundantly shows their prosperity before the beginning of the Christian eraThe excavations made recently in India at Harappa and at Mohenjodam have revealed the existence of many unknown civilizations. Many monuments and numerous objects have been dug up. But who were Hie people contemporary to those articles ? We know nothing. Between the civilisations discovered at Harappa &, Mohenjodaro and that which we know from the most ancient Vedic texts, the gap is undoubtedly considerable. In order to shorten the interval which, in our knowledge, separate the history from prehistory. ( propose to group a certain number of facts concerning the ancient populations of the Punjab. I shall specially discuss the Udumbaras. whose coinage abundantly shows their prosperity before the beginning of the Christian era.

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