Down Ancient Trails: Courses

Down Ancient Trails: One-Year Online Certificate Course in South Asian Prehistory 

(Robert Bruce Foote Memorial Series:4)

Immerse yourselve in a year-long introductory online course on South Asian Prehistory. Attend a hands-on, in-person optional module on Experimental Archaeology! 

We present here a new venture in the Down Ancient Trails series, where you get to learn the basics of prehistoric archaeolgy and gain a perspective on past cultures, fascinating sites and amazing personalities. Join our in-house prehistorians and visiting scholars sharing their views on prehistory, participate in assignments, team-work, activities and more, and gain an appreciation of the earliest prehistoric populations of South Asia.  We encourage interdisciplinary participants. This is a basic introductory course (level 1) on South Asian prehistory

Applications are now closed 

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Dates: Fridays: January to December 2022 : 

66 hours (44 days): 5.30-7.00 pm (IST), Fridays

Last date for registration: 30th November, 2021

Selected candidates will informed after: 10th December, 2021

Last date for payment: 20th December, 2021

Class begins: 21st January, 2022

Course Contents: Introduction to South Asian prehistory

 Perspectives: Conceptualising prehistory through time: Views from South Asia

Methodologies: Explore, Excavate, Experiment & Interpret: Join us from the field to the lab

Ethnoarchaeology: Analogies and more..

Human Niches: Experience past environments

Beyond Bones: Braided streams of human evolution

Things and Thoughts: From material culture to past behaviour

•Interfaces: Cultures across space and time

•Beyond colours: Explore multiple perspectives on rock art

•Conserving the past: Heritage Management and Public Outreach

•Guest Panel discussion


Additional Optional 7-day workshop on Experimental Archaeology

•Open only to those who register for the course, but remains an optional module

•In-person workshop at the SCHE campus, Chennai

•Introduction to theoretical concepts in experimental archaeology

•Experimental archaeological approaches in the manufacture of stone and bone tools, pottery, basketry and more… with demonstrations and practicals


The course comprises a total of 44 lectures (66 hours) which will be delivered by SCHE researchers and by invited guest lecturers.

The course comprises lectures, assignments, team-work and discussions with pre-circulated reading lists and on-line resources

Participants will be given certificates for successful completion of the course based on attendance, assignment completion, team-work, and class participation in discussion and activities.

Important Dates

The course will begin on: 21st January, 2022

Dates for the Experimental Archaeology Workshop: May 2022

The online course and the Experimental Archaeology workshop will run only if a minimum of 20 participants register

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