Prehistory, Lithic Studies, Experimental & Ethnoarchaeology & Quaternary Environments 

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Our research foAttirampakkam Researchcusses on exploring the many dimensions of India's earliest prehistoric cultures, ranging from the Lower Palaeolithic Acheulian cultures to microlithic assemblages of the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene. We seek to understand prehistoric behaviour as reflected in the structure of the assemblages, lithic technology and changing ways in which landscapes were used over time.  

Areas where we have conducted excavations and research are in the state of Tamil Nadu, southeast India. Ethnographic studies have been conducted in Tamil Nadu and Bihar. This research includes our excavations at Attirampakkam and regional studies along the southeast coast of India comprising surveys and test-trenches


Research Areas

  • Excavations at the Palaeolithic site of Attirampakkam, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Excavations at the Palaeolithic site of Sendrayanpalayam, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Prehistoric Landscapes across southeast India
  • Experimental Archaeology: Manufacture and use of Stone Artefacts in studies of prehistoric behaviour and cognition 
  • Functional studies of lithic artefacts: initiating 
  • Site formation studies of prehistoric sites in SE India 
  • Ethnoarchaeological Investigations 
  • Reconstruction of Quaternary environments in SE India 
  • Historiography

Collaborating Institutes:

  • State Department of Archaeology, Government of Tamil Nadu
  • Univ Lyon, Department of Geography, UMR 5600 Environnement Ville Société, France
  • Regional Remote Sensing Centre - South, NRSC, ISRO, Department of Space / Government of India
  • AMOPH Division, Physical Research Laboratory, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380009, India
  • Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement en Géosciences de l’Environnement (CEREGE), Europôle de l’Arbois,France
  • The French Institute of Pondicherry, India
  • Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, India
  • Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India
  • Department of Earth Sciences, Pondicherry University, India
  • Department of Marine Geology, Mangalore University, India
  • Department of Chemistry, Williams College, Williamstown, USA
  • RFK Science Research Institute, Glenwood Landing, New York, USA
  • Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana, CENIEH, Burgos, Spain