Lecture series — Mobilizing the Materiality of Heritage: India and the World
Archaeological Sciences Centre is hosting on 8th to 13th August 2017 a lecture series by Lynn Meskell, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Archaeology Center at Stanford University, and Himanshu Prabha Ray, former Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Guest Professor, IIT Gandhinagar. Topics include “Project Mausam: India’s attempt at Trans-national heritage”, “On Archaeology and Prehistoric Materialities at Çatalhöyük”, “UNESCO World Heritage: A New Global Order of Things”, “World Heritage and WikiLeaks: Territory, Trade and Temples on the Thai-Cambodian Border”, and a discussion around a video talk by Prof. Ian Hodder, Director of Catal Huyuk Project.
Workshop on Archaeometallurgy and Archaeology
The Archaeological Sciences Centre, IITGN conducted a two day workshop on “Archaeo-metallurgy and Archaeology” from 8 – 9 December, 2014. This workshop was aimed to discuss the development of metallurgy through the ages, techniques and investigations involved in archaeo-metallurgy to interpret the past technology with the help of experts and scholars who are either archaeologists or scientists working in archaeology or allied disciplines.
Eminent archaeo-metallurgists and scholars like Profs. S. Ranganathan, R.S. Bisht, Sharada Srinivasan, Vibha Tripathi, Ashish Garg, Kallol Mondal, Jeevan Kharakwal, shared their work and delivered lectures on various aspects of metals in the archaeological context.
Workshop on History and Archaeology of Ancient India
IIT Gandhinagar’s Archaeological Sciences Centre conducted a Graduate Student Workshop on the History and Archaeology of Ancient India. The three-day workshop, was held from January 30 – February 1, 2015 at IIT Gandhinagar, Gujarat, which aimed at highlighting leading research in Indian archaeology and history of protohistorical to pre-medieval India, and to stimulate debate and research in those fields. Two distinguished historians from Delhi University, Prof. Upinder Singh and Prof. Nayanjot Lahiri, delivered the inaugural and valedictory lectures respectively.
Short Term Course cum Workshop on History, Science and Technology of Stone Beads
The ASC in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) conducted a Short Term Course cum Workshop on History, Science and Technology of Stone Beads from August 10-14, 2015. The aim of the workshop was to train manpower to study and analyse stone beads in diverse contexts ranging from class rooms, to while being in the field, in laboratories and by working with craftsmen. Stone beads have gained a reputation of being one of the most important markers of prehistoric technological complexity, especially in South Asia and their study is crucial in understanding our past contacts, technology and trade, besides comprehending our mastery over material culture and the procurement of diverse raw materials. The workshop also showcased Gujarat’s cottage industry of stone bead making and the craftsmen (who are the living present of a 5000 year old Indian tradition which dominated certain kinds of bead production) to rest of the world in its true historical, ethnographic, scientific and technological senses.
Indira Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series was instituted at IIT Gandhinagar by a well-wisher of the Institute, Mr. Avinash Manudhane in memory of his mother. The lecture is to be held annually in the area of interest addressing wider audience on topics transcending several disciplines and latest researches. The first lecture of this series was delivered by Prof. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison at 5.00 PM on 12.01.2016. Prof. Kenoyer delivered a lecture on “Scientific and Technological Contributions of the Indus Civilization: Their Relevance to the Present”.