Research Publications

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Attirampakkam || Palaeolithic archaeology of Tamil Nadu || Prehistory of Jharkhand ||Robert Bruce Foote || Ethnoarchaeology || Public Archaeology || Other topics

New ! Kumar Akhilesh, Paromita Bose, Sutonuka Bhattacharya, Prachi Joshi, S. Paranthaman, R. Sivanantham, K. Bakialakshmi, K. Rajan, Shanti Pappu,
Celts, Slabs, and Space: Organisation of lithic reduction strategies in Tamil Nadu, India,  Journal of Anthropological Archaeology,Volume 68,2022,

New ! Pappu, Shanti. 2022. Intersections: From Research to Outreach in Indian Prehistory, (Editorial). Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, 57(2): 97-102.

New ! Pappu, S., & Akhilesh, K. (2022). The ‘Madrasien’: On the trail of a terminology in Indian prehistory. Antiquity, 1-17. doi:10.15184/aqy.2022.140

New ! Rathnasiri Premathilake, Kumar Akhilesh, K. Anupama, S. Prasad, Yanni Gunnell, G. Orukaimani, Shanti Pappu. 2022. Issues of phytolith taphonomy at Palaeolithic sites: Investigation and results from Attirampakkam, India, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Volume 42,2022,103357,ISSN 2352-409X,

Attirampakkam, Sendrayanpalayam and Prehistoric Sites in Tamil Nadu 

Palaeolithic Archaeology of SE India 

  • th 26-28volume on proceedings of the conference 'Prehistory of South Asia',Kumar, A., S.Pappu, S. Ravindranath, Uday Raj. 2017. Shifting Sands: A Review of Research on Microlithic Sites associated with Teri Dunes of Tamil Nadu, in K. Paddayya and B.Basak (ed.), November, 2010, Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training, Eastern India, Kolkata.

  • Pappu, Shanti, Kumar Akhilesh, Sudha Ravindranath and Uday Raj 2009. A Forgotten Heritage: Impact Assessment Studies at Prehistoric Sites in Tamil Nadu, in Space, Time and Place, III International  Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology, 17-21 August, 2009, Tiruchirappalli, (Maurizio Forte, Stefano Campana and Claudia Liuzza Eds.), Oxford:BAR International Series 2118, pp. 253-263.

  • Pappu, Shanti, Kumar Akhilesh, Sudha Ravindranath, Uday Raj 2011. From Stone Tools to Satellites: Recent Research into the Prehistory of Tamil, Ancient India, Bulletin of the Archaeological Survey of India, New Series 1, pp.87-100.

  • Pappu, Shanti, Kumar Akhilesh, Sudha Ravindranath, Uday Raj and Yanni Gunnell 2010, Research and Management of Palaeolithic resources in Tamil Nadu, South India, Antiquity Project Gallery,

  • Pappu, Shanti, Kumar Akhilesh, Sudha Ravindranath and Uday Raj 2010. Applications of Satellite Remote Sensing for Research and Heritage Management in Indian prehistory, Journal of Archaeological Science 37:2316–2331.

  • Pappu, Shanti  2001. Middle Palaeolithic Stone Tool Technology in the Kortallayar Basin, South India, Antiquity 75, 287:107-117.

  • Pappu, Shanti 2001. Recent Research Into the Palaeolithic Archaeology of Tamil Nadu, South India, Praehistoria 2:85-96      

  • Pappu, Shanti 1999. A Study of Natural Site Formation Processes in the Kortallayar Basin, Tamil Nadu, South India, Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, 14, 2: 127-150.

  • Pappu, Shanti 1996. Reinvestigation of the Prehistoric Archaeological Record in the Kortallayar Basin, Tamil Nadu, Man and Environment, XXI (1):1-23.

  • Pappu, Shanti, A. Kshirsagar and Vijay Sathe 1994. Discovery of a Middle Holocene Sub-Fossil Bone from Tiruvallur Taluk, Chingleput District, Tamil Nadu, Current Science, 67(6):431-433.

  • Pappu, Shanti 1994. Pleistocene Landforms and Artefact Contexts in the Kortallayar Basin, Tamil Nadu, Draft Papers: Neogene and Quaternary. Settlement and Technology. World Archaeology Congress-3. New Delhi.

  • Pappu, Shanti 2001. The Environment in Prehistoric Research: A Case Study from the Kortallayar Basin, Tamil Nadu, in People and Environment in India: Essays in Environmental Anthropology (K.K. Misra and M.L.K. Murty Eds.); pp.24-38. New Delhi: Discovery Publishing House. 

 Palaeolithic Archaeology of Jharkhand 

  • Kumar Akhilesh. 2005. A Re-examination of the Upper Palaeolithic 'Damin Industries', Bansloi River Basin, Jharkhand, in Gurudakshina: Facets of Indian Archaeology. Essays presented to Prof. V.N. Misra (A.Kanungo ed.). Oxford: BAR International Series 1433, pp.150-157.


  • Beneath Still Waters - Multistage Aquatic Exploitation of Euryale Goren-Inbar, Naama, Yoel Melamed, Irit Zohar, Kumar Akhilesh and Shanti Pappu 2015. ferox (Salisb.) during the Acheulian, by, in Internet Archaeology, 37. Special issue Human Exploitation of Aquatic Landscapes. A special issue edited by Ricardo Fernandes and John Meadows

  • Pappu, Shanti 2004. Down ancient trails: hunter-gatherers in Indian archaeology, in Hunter-Gatherers in History, Archaeology and Anthropology, (Alan Barnard Ed.), New York:Berg, pp. 129-142.

  • Shanti Pappu  2006. Ethnoarchaeological research in Indian prehistory, in Past and Present: Ethnoarchaeology in India, (Gautam Sengupta, Suchira Roychoudhury and Sujit Som Eds.). Pragati Publications, New Delhi, in collaboration with Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training Eastern India, pp.43-58.

Robert Bruce Foote 

Children's Museum and Public Archaeology 

  • Pappu, Shanti 2000. Archaeology in Schools: An Indian Example, Antiquity 74(2000): 485-6.

  • Pappu, Shanti, K.V. Raman and N.C. Ghosh 1999. Archaeology for Children: A Note on the Sharma Children's Museum, Man and Environment  XXIV(2):91-92.

  • M.Kannan and Carlos Mena Eds.). Negotiations with the Past: Classical Tamil in Contemporary Tamil (Pappu, Shanti 2006. Prehistory in Tamil Nadu: The Need for Links and Communication, in Pondichery: Institut francais de Pondichery, and Berkley, University of California, pp. 1-24.

Other Topics 

  • Pappu, Shanti and Kumar Akhilesh  Pappu, Shanti. 2007. Geographic Overviews, Asia (South)/Asia, South: Palaeolithic Cultures of South India, in  The Encyclopedia of Archaeology, Elsevier.

  • INQUA-HaBCom Workshop ‘Palaeo-anthropological perspectives on plant communities in South Asia’ conducted by the Sharma Centre For Heritage Education and French Institute of Pondicherry, 27th October – 2ndNovember 2014,  Organisers: Kumar Akhilesh & Shanti Pappu (Sharma Centre of Heritage Education, India), Rathnasiri Premathilake (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka), Anupama Krishnamurthy & S.Prasad (The French Institute of Pondicherry, India). 2014. Quaternary Perspectives, the INQUA newsletter, 21 (2).

  • Pappu, Kumar and Kumar Akhilesh. 2015. A cost-effective and safe method for storing small lithic artefacts, Antiquity, project gallery,[02-Mar-15 9:22:51 AM]

  • Pappu, Shanti 1998. Discover India Gallery: The First Internet Site on Indian Archaeology, Archaeological Computing Newsletter, 50: 21.

  • Pappu, Shanti 2009, Comments on the paper entitled Quaternary Stratigraphy of the Kortallaiyar-Cooum Basins, by Hema Achyuthan and Nagalakshmi Thirunavakarasu, Journal of the Geological Society of India, 73:683-696.

  • Pappu, Shanti, Interview with Dr. Bridget Allchin and Dr. F.R. Allchin, conducted in September 1998, at Garhwal, Srinagar; published on the Discover India Gallery internet site: and in  Man and Environment  XXIII (2): 127-130.

  • Pappu, Shanti 1991. Review of the book “Model for Land Use in Late Acheulian Tradition, Satna District, Madhya Pradesh” by Prakash Sinha, 1991, Allahabad: Prayag Pustak Sadan, in Eastern Anthropologist: 424-427.

  • Rajaguru, S.N., S.Pappu, S.G. Deo, and S. Mishra, 2009. Earth Sciences and the Lower Palaeolithic: Recent Research and Future Prospects, in Recent Research Trends in South Asian Archaeology (Paddayya, K., Joglekar, P.P., Basa, K.K. & Sawant, R.Eds.), Pune:Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute.


  • Pappu, Shanti 2001. A Re-examination of the Palaeolithic Archaeological Record of Northern Tamil Nadu, South India. Oxford: BAR-International Series 1003.

  • Pappu, Shanti. 2007. The Lower Palaeolithic Culture of India (online text-book commissioned by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR, Government of India, for undergraduate students).submitted in 2006 (no further information available as whether this was later assigned an ISBN/ISSN number)\

  • Pappu, Shanti. 2003. Stories in Stone: The Prehistory of Tamil Nadu, (IWA Endowment Lecture), Bulletin of the Government Museum, Chennai Madras Museum, New Series-General Section XVI-3. Chennai: Commissioner of Agriculture and Museums, Government Museum, Egmore.