Vedic period

The Vedic period was a period in history during which the Vedas
The Vedas are a large body of texts originating in ancient India. Composed in Vedic Sanskrit, the texts constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism....

, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism
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, were composed. The time span of the period is uncertain. Philological
Philology is the study of language in written historical sources; it is a combination of literary studies, history and linguistics.Classical philology is the philology of Greek and Classical Latin...

 and linguistic
Historical linguistics
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 evidence indicates that the Rigveda
The Rigveda is an ancient Indian sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns...

, the oldest of the Vedas, was composed roughly between 1700–1100 BCE, also referred to as the early Vedic period. The end of the period is commonly estimated to have occurred about 500 BCE, and 150 BCE has been suggested as a terminus ante quem
Terminus post quem
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 for all Vedic Sanskrit literature.

Transmission of texts in the Vedic period was by oral tradition
Oral tradition
Oral tradition and oral lore is cultural material and traditions transmitted orally from one generation to another. The messages or testimony are verbally transmitted in speech or song and may take the form, for example, of folktales, sayings, ballads, songs, or chants...

 alone, and a literary tradition set in only in post-Vedic times.
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