Professor Shanti Pappu

Founder/Secretary: Shanti Pappu is interested in prehistory, palaeoenvironments, ethnoarchaeology, history of archaeology and in public archaeology, especially for children and teachers. She is a former Professor of Prehistory at the Deccan College Postgraduate & Research Institute. She completed her M.A degree and doctorate from the Deccan College Post-graduate and Research Institute, Pune (1996), under Prof. K.Paddayya, on the prehistoric archaeology of Tamil Nadu, and was subsequently a Homi Bhabha Fellow. She was a Charles Wallace Fellow at the Ancient India and Iran Trust, U.K.  She has obtained several awards including the Prof.H.D.Sankalia gold medal from the Deccan College, and Young Scientist award from the Earthwatch Institute, the USA amongst others. She holds a law degree with a dissertation on cultural heritage laws of India and is a registered advocate. She has published two books, with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Science, and Nature as also one book for children on archaeology and several popular articles. She is currently director of the research project on prehistory and palaeoenvironments in Tamil Nadu, including excavations at the site of Attirampakkam. She is affiliated with several academic bodies and societies, and is Member, Global Library Committee, World Archaeology Congress, the Joint-Secretary of the Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies and former joint editor of the journal Man and Environment. She is on the Board of Management of the Children’s Garden School Society and affiliated schools in Chennai (Ellen Sharma Memorial Matriculation & Higher Secondary School, Sholinganallore) and is involved in educational programs for children and teachers. 

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Dr. Kumar Akhilesh

Director: He completed his B.A. degree in Ancient Indian History and Archaeology at the Banaras Hindu University, followed by his Master's Degree in Archaeology at the Deccan College, Pune. His Ph.D. from the Deccan College, Pune, under Prof. V.N. Misra, was on the prehistoric archaeology of Jharkhand, with a focus on investigating Terminal Pleistocene sites of the Upper Palaeolithic. He is currently Co-Director of the research project on  prehistory and palaeoenvironments at Attirampakkam and is the Director of the research project on investigating prehistoric sites in Tamil Nadu. Akhilesh is interested in prehistory, experimental archaeology (lithic knapping), satellite remote sensing and GIS.  Akhilesh was a Homi Bhabha Fellow (2016-2018).His special interests are in experimental archaeology (reconstructing ancient technology) for which he completed advanced courses in lithic technology from France, under the guidance of Prof. P-J.Texier, J.Pelegrin and other experts in the field.  His area of expertise is stone tool technology, and he is currently involved in the analysis of artefacts from Attirampakkam and other sites in Tamil Nadu. He is director of the program on experimental replication of the technologies used by Acheulian and Middle Palaeolithic hominins at Attirampakkam. He is also involved in a project on applications of satellite remote sensing and GIS in archaeology for purposes of research and heritage management. He was responsible for developing thematic maps using satellite remote sensing and field investigation, amongst other studies, under an ISRO-GBP project in collaboration with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation)-RRSC (Regional Centre for Remote Sensing)-South. He has numerous research papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals to his credit, including Science and Nature and has presented his work in conferences in India and abroad. He is on the editorial board of the international peer-reviewed journal Archaeological Discovery.  

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Research Interns 

Dr. Prachi Joshi 

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Dr. Prachi Joshi, is an Indian archaeologist, who is currently working on the Palaeolithic hominin behaviour in the Middle Wainganga basin, Central India. She has completed her doctoral degree from Deccan College, Pune, India, under the guidance of Prof. Shanti Pappu and Dr. S. B. Ota. Her research, in particular, is focused on the behavioural implications of the distribution of Palaeolithic sites and the technological strategies noted during the Acheulian and the Late Palaeolithic phase. She had completed her fieldwork under the guidance of Prof. S.N. Rajaguru. She was awarded A Junior Research Fellowship of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) and Nehru Small Research Grant for her PhD research. In addition to field and laboratory studies, she also participated in numerous conferences (national and international) and published two articles in the international journal Antiquity. She has participated in various workshops which are related to her research and they have improved her knowledge of the subject. She had participated in the excavations at important Palaeolithic sites such as Sendrayanpalayam in Tamil Nadu and Dhansi in Madhya Pradesh. She has also worked on Animal Bone Microstructure from Archaeological sites under the guidance of Prof. Vijay Sathe. Her research interests are in the Palaeolithic hominin behaviour, quaternary sciences and geo-mythology.

Dr. Paromita Bose

Intern, Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, India ,

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Dr. Paromita Bose has completed her Master’s degree with a first-class in Archaeology, from the Department of Archaeology, the University of Calcutta, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Archaeology (PGDA) from the Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi. During her diploma course, she has participated in several exploration and excavation programs across India. Besides, she was also exposed to different multidisciplinary approaches in studying archaeology. She qualified for University Grants Commission (UGC) –National Eligibility Test (NET) and was awarded A Junior Research Fellowship and Lectureship for a tenure of five years for her PhD research. After completing her PhD, she has worked as an Intern in Sharma Centre for Heritage Education and was involved in different research activities. She has also participated in the excavation of Sendrayanpalayam site, Tamil Nadu, for two consecutive seasons under supervision of Sharma Centre for Heritage Education as a volunteer and participated in total station mapping, excavation, collection and documentation of excavated lithic artefacts. She is currently engaged in researches related to different aspects of Neolithic Culture in India. Her research interests are in prehistory, Neolithic, polished stone tools, and provenance studies of lithics and applications of GIS in archaeology. She has participated in many national and international conferences and also published her works in many reputed journals. She is currently a research assistant for a project on the Neolithic of Tamil Nadu. 

Ms. Sutonuka Bhattacharya

Intern, Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, India

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About: Sutonuka Bhattacharya an ECR from India has recently finished her Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeology from Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India. Having participated in multiple field studies and workshops her core interest lies in understanding changing human behaviour within the Mesolithic and Neolithic traditions and would like to work on similar lines for her doctorate which she hopes to initiate next year. So far she has worked in Eastern India to understand reuse patterns of antiquity in the modern context. She is currently a research assistant for a project on the Neolithic of Tamil Nadu. 






Mrs.Y. Salomi

Project Assistant:

She is a graduate in computer science and is engaged in the Dr. Gudrun Corvinus Memorial Project, in the digitisation of documents as also in public archaeology programs. She is also involved in database management projects.