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Pursuing Archaeological Research in India

Ancient Indica Rediscovered

Chauhan, Parth, Garge, Tejas

2020, Approx. 250 p.

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  • About this book

World Archaeological Congress
  • The first manual to focus on the Indian subcontinent
  • A very practical resource for those already working in India and for those who want to collaborate with archaeologists and cultural heritage managers in India
  • Aims to encourage and enhance foreign collaborations with Indian archaeologists

World Archaeological Congress Cultural Heritage Manual Series

series editors: Claire Smith, Heather Burke, Parth Chauhan and Arek Marciniak

Pursuing Archaeological Research in India: Ancient Indica Rediscovered

Parth Chuhan, Stone Age Institute & CRAFT Research Center, Indiana Univesity, Gosport, Indiana, USA and Tejas Garge, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, India

India has a long and vibrant historical past, spanning from the Lower Pleistocene to modern times and the entire subcontinent is highly varied in its ecology, cultures, and traditions. The people of India include diverse tribal communities, nomadic and semi-nomadic groups, as well as historically-established caste-based populations. As a result, the region provides archaeologists with ample opportunities to conduct anthropological and archaeological research on living traditions as well as on past material cultures.

This manual, part of the WAC Cultural Heritage Manual series,  represents a source of reference for those interested in pursuing professional archaeological research in India. This book provides readers with basic information of archaeological research in India, such as:

  • General Indian geography
  • A brief history of archaeological research and development of field methods
  • The diversity of the Indian archaeological record
  • The scope of ethnoarchaeology on various cultural groups
  • Important governing bodies and legislative practices
  • Cultural norms and ethics for archaeologists

as well as practical knowledge - relevant organizations for advice and collaboration, obtaining an official field permit and research visa, understanding unique fieldwork methods in Indian cultural and ecological contexts, and managing cultural heritage and research data.

This first-of -its-kind manual for the Indian subcontinent will be indispensable to anyone working in the archaeology of the region.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Archaeological Method and Theory - Cultural Heritage Management - Field Methodology - Material Culture

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology

Table of contents 

Ch. 1 Introduction to India

Ch. 2 The Development of Archaeology in India

Ch. 3 Indian Archaeology – Prehistory, Protohistory, History

Ch. 4 Ethnoarchaeology

Ch. 5 Government Departments & National Agencies

Ch. 6 Indian Legislation on Archaeology & Heritage

Ch. 7 Conducting Archaeological Fieldwork in India

Ch. 8 Management of Indian Cultural Heritage





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3. Contact Information, Addresses

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