A new study has suggested that recently unearthed cities in Southern Siberia could rewrite Aryan history-as they are believed to be the original home of the Aryans.
Twenty of the spiral-shaped settlements, believed to be the original home of the Aryan people, have been identified, and there are about 50 more suspected sites.
They all lie buried in a region more than 640km long near Russia's border with Kazakhstan.
The cities are apparently 3500-4000 years ago and are about the same size as several of the city-states of ancient Greece.
If archaeologists confirm the cities as Aryan, they could be the remnants of a civilisation that spread through Europe and much of Asia.
"Potentially, this could rival ancient Greece in the age of the heroes," the Australian quoted British historian Bettany Hughes as saying.
"We are all told that there is this kind of mother tongue, proto-Indo-European, from which all the languages we know emerge.
"I was very excited to hear on the archeological grapevine that in exactly the period I am an expert in, this whole new Bronze Age civilisation had been discovered on the steppe of southern Siberia," she said.
The first city, known as Arkaim, was discovered in 1989, soon after the soviet authorities allowed non-military aerial photography for the first time.
Hughes said that some of the strongest evidence that the cities could be the home of the Aryans comes from a series of horse burials.
Several ancient Indian texts written by Aryans recount similar rituals.
"These ancient Indian texts and hymns describe sacrifices of horses and burials and the way the meat is cut off and the way the horse is buried with its master.
"If you match this with the way the skeletons and the graves are being dug up in Russia, they are a millimetre-perfect match," she said. (ANI)