Small Study and Research Grant (India)

Dr Arati Deshpande-Mukherjee

Formal training in scientific techniques for application in molluscan research in Indian archaeology

The UK Visiting Fellowship came at an appropriate time when I was involved in studying past molluscan utilisation on the Indian west coast. It enabled me to initiate application of a specific technique which would not have been possible in India due to financial constraints and lack of expertise. Since my PhD in 1995, my analysis of marine molluscan shells from some of the sites belonging to the Harappan civilisation in coastal Gujarat has revealed their potential in archaeological interpretations.

N. Selvaraj

Study and documentation of the Sapthasthanam (seven sacred spaces) of Chhakavapalli in Thanjavur District

Nayana Milind Tadvalkar

A project to devise a "living tribal museum" in Thane.

Ameera Zarrin

A museological study of cultic objects related with asadaar

Pankaja Sethi

Tribal Kotpad textiles and the methods of natural dyeing in the border zone of Orissa and Bastar

My first visit to this region was in the year 2000 to record the handcrafted tradition of Bastar when the agitation for Chattisgarh State was echoing across the entire region.

S K Ferdosh Alam

Documentation of the conservation needs of historical monuments in Pandua, West Bengal

M Nooruddin Ansari

A study of the history and conservation needs of the monument Sarsota, at Sahaswan, District Budaun, Uttar Pradesh

Manoj Kurmi

Review of the Harappan Culture in North-western Maharashtra: Cataloging a database

It has generally been suggested that the migration of the Harappan people ended in the Indus-Saraswati divide at Gujarat. Further study supported by the Nehru Trust has provided strong evidence to suggest that Harappan Culture moved considerably further beyond Gujarat and indeed spread deep into the Deccan (North-western region of Maharashtra). Although Harappan culture underwent significant changes during this period, identifiable practices were retained. The culture is recognizable as Harappan, though one may consider it a late phase transformed by the shift in geography. 

Dr S B Darsana

A historical study of the work and writings on megalithic monuments by antiquarian scholars from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century.

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