Asko Parpola's Homepage
Lists all his publications.
Corpus of Inscriptions of Sarasvati-Sindhu Civilization
Analysis of inscriptions in relation to metallurgical knoweldge of the times.
The Collapse of the Indus Script Thesis
The controversial paper and other current works by Steve Farmer arguing that Indus Valley signs do not represent a true script.
Horseplay in Harappa
The Indian Magazine Frontline covers one of many Indus Valley script decipherment hoaxes in an article by Harvard Indologist Michael Witzel and Steve Farmer.
Indus Script Decipherment
Dr. Madhusudan Mishra's theory that the Indus language was a primitive form of Aryan and is linked to Sanskrit.
Indus Valley Script
Informative article on the ideograms and language of the Indus script.
The Indus Script: A New Decipherment Paradigm
An article by Michel Korvink in the South Asia Graduate Research Journal, pp. 105-121.
K. K. Raman's Interpretation
A late scholar of many languages living in a remote Kerala village claims to have decipered the Indus seals.
The Indus Valley Script
A Swedish interpretation using Carl Gustav Jung's ideas.
On The Origin of the Early Indian Scripts: A Review Article
A very clear summation of different postions and cold facts.
The Indus Script and the Rg-Veda
A symbolic interpretation of the Indus Script in relation to the Rg-Veda.
People and Languages in Pre-Islamic Indus Valley
A monograph by Dr. Tariq Rehman on the linguistic puzzle in the Indus Valley region.
Statistical Analysis of the Indus Script
Recent work by researchers from the Tata Institute, University of Washington, and Institute of Mathematical Sciences on analyzing the structure of the Indus script using statistical methods.
Vedic Glossary on Indus Seals
Book review of recent tome insisting on relationship of Indus script to Brahmi.
Deciphering the Indus Script
Asko Parpola (Cambridge University Press, 1994/2009 re-issue, $45)
Summing up thirty years of groundbreaking investigation by the Finnish Sanskritologist. Covers much more than the script, including the "Aryan invasion" of the subcontinent. Extensive bibliography.
"Deciphering the Indus Script: methods and select interpretations"
Asko Parpola (Occasional Papers Series, Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997, $7, $2 S & H)
The keynote address at the 25th Annual South Asia Conference in Madison, Oct. 1996, and a lite version of the the book above. (Can be ordered by email, Tel: (608) 262-4788, Fax: (608) 265-3062. Quantity discounts.)
The Indus Age: The Writing System
Gregory Possehl (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996, $45)
A comprehensive, detailed history of the many attempts to decipher the script. Profoundly sceptical of all claims. Extensive bibliography.
The Harappan Civilization and its Writing: a model for the decipherment of the Indus script
Walter Fairservis (Oxford & IBH, Delhi, 1992)
An unorthodox approach by the late, noted American scholar.
The Indus Script: Texts, Concordance and Tables
Iravatham Mahadevan (Memoirs of the Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi, 1977)
Mahadevan's first extensive compilation of Indian seals.
The Script of Harappa and Mohenjodaro and its Connection with other Scripts
G.R. Hunter, London, 1934. (Reprinted by Munshiram Manoharlal, Delhi, 1993, Rs. 350)
Outdated but interesting, one of the first attempt to make sense of the seals when they were still fresh out of the ground.
Studies in Proto-Indo-Mediterranean culture, I.
Henry Heras (Studies in Indian History of the Indian Historical Research Institute, St. Xavier's College, 19, 1953)
Also outdated, but the original work of the Dravidan school of interpretation.
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