The ASC has entered into collaboration with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Two MoUs have been signed between IITGn and ASI so far. They are:
(i) Documentation, Sampling, Testing, and Interpretation of Archaeological Samples from Dholavira and
(ii) Strengthening and Supporting the Archaeological Sciences Centre Established at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
The following activities are envisaged through the MoU on Dholavira:
- Total Station and GPS Survey of Dholavira
- Geo Penetrating Radar (GPR) Survey of selected areas of the site
- Surveying through Remote Sensing Survey techniques
- Samples of archaeological remains for various analysis including characterisation, manufacturing processes, provenance, ancient technologies, etc., of metals, ceramics, beads, and others
- Laser scanning of select archaeological remains of the site
- Reconstruction of paleo-environment during third millennium BCE
- Reconstructing palaeo-dietary practices of the inhabitants of Dholavira
The following activities are envisaged through the MoU on Archaeological Sciences Centre:
- Under the aegis of ASC to carry out research projects like material characterisation and provenance studies of archaeo-materials.
- Advanced scientific aids in the documentation and condition mapping of heritage sites using such techniques like 3D laser scanning, Total Station Survey, GPS, GIS and GPR.
- Work in areas of structural stability of heritage structures, its seismic vulnerability, etc.
- Developing facilities for dating labs and to study various disciplines like palaeo-Environment, geo-archaeology and palaeo-seismology.
- Sharing of resources available with both ASI and IITGN.
- Capacity building of archaeologists through a series of workshops in areas like remote sensing, GIS, material characterisation, LiDAR, photogrammetry, laser scanning.