Why archaeological sciences?
Archaeologists dig up evidence – structures, bones, pots, ornaments, tools, and other interesting material remains that throw light on our past as a species: Who were our ancestors? How did they live? How did they clothe and feed themselves? How did they cope with adversities? Conversely, archaeology not only unlocks the past but also leads us to a better understanding of today’s challenges and tomorrow’s chances of survival for humans.
IIT Gandhinagar’s Archaeological Sciences Centre was created in December 2012, with the twin objectives of establishing state-of-the-art facilities to be used by the archaeological community at large, and conducting its own multidisciplinary research in scientific aspects of archaeology. Our research and activities thus situate themselves at the intersection of humanities and scientific disciplines.
Meet our team of archaeologists, scholars and researchers from diverse backgrounds contributing to every aspect of the Centre’s activities.
The Centre’s core activity has been research in the application to archaeology of several scientific disciplines.
The Centre’s faculty members have published several books and many book chapters, research papers and popular articles.
We have conducted several conferences, workshops, field visits, and have hosted a number of fine experts for lectures and short courses
The Centre has microscopy and petrology labs. It also has access to a variety of other equipment, instruments and lab facilities housed at IIT Gandhinagar.
The Centre is yet to initiate its own teaching programme in archaeological sciences. However, its faculty members have been offering elective courses on archaeological and allied subjects in the Humanities discipline.