Painted Grey Ware
One of the more recent archeological ideas is that the Vedic culture is evidenced by
Painted Grey Ware pottery in north India, which appears to date around 1000 BC and was
found in the same region between the Ganges and Yamuna as later Vedic culture is related
to. It is thought to be an inferior grade of pottery and to be associated with the use of
iron that the Vedas are thought to mention. However, it is associated with a pig and rice
culture, not the cow and barley culture of the Vedas. Moreover it is now found to be an
organic development of indigenous pottery, not an introduction of invaders.
Painted Grey Ware culture represents an indigenous cultural development and does not
reflect any cultural intrusion from the West, that is, an Indo-Aryan invasion. Therefore,
there is no archeological evidence corroborating the fact of an Indo-Aryan invasion.(*41)
Painted Grey Ware is associated with sites that occur after the drying up of the Sarasvati
river, which further indicates its post-Vedic nature.