The Protohistoric period in the Indian Sub-continent is one of the most interesting and formative periods of our past. This is the period where we went from sedentism to civilisation. This is the period where we learnt how to domesticate animals and plants, to intensively exploit the land around us, to trade over long distances and to create surplus food. This surplus food was our wealth which bought things we could not make and this brought about craft specialisation which in turn led to state formation and the creation of Empire. The protohistoric period saw the rise of the Harappan state and its decline. It also saw the ability to make our first metal tools and to then move on from Copper to Iron. This was the period that led to the creation of the 2nd Urbanisation of the Ganga Valley and the beginnings of the Historical Era.
About The Speakers
Kurush F Dalal has a BA in Ancient Indian History and History from the University of Mumbai, an MA in Archaeology as well as a PhD on the Early Iron Age in Rajasthan, both from Deccan College, Pune University. Subsequently he shifted focus to the Early Medieval Period predominantly on the West Coast of India and excavated the sites of Sanjan, Chandore and Mandad. These excavations and the data recovered have had a strong impact on scholarship in the region. The recent Mandad excavations have revealed a brand new hitherto unknown Indo-Roman Port site with antecedents going back even further. Dr. Dalal also actively works on Memorial Stones and Ass-curse Stones in India and dabbles in Numismatics, Defence Archaeology, Architecture, Ethnoarchaeology and allied disciplines.
He is the Co-Director of the Salsette Explorations Project, a massive Urban Archaeology Project documenting the Archaeology of Mumbai since 2015, thus extending his interest from the Medieval into the Colonial Period. He has published over 35 papers and has read many more at National and International Seminars. He is a visiting lecturer at various Universities, Colleges, Schools and Government Institutions. He taught archaeology and allied subjects at the University of Mumbai for 10 years. He has recently blended his passion for food and archaeology into a research in Culinary Anthropology and Food Archaeology. He runs a very successful course called The Studying Food Workshop teaching food beyond the usual topics. He has made the most of the lockdown teaching via Instagram Lives and by teaching at various online platforms like Mythopia and INSTUCEN.
Dr Tejas Madan Garge is Director, Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Maharashtra. He is the first archaeologist who has been appointed to this post after a gap of nearly 20 years. Dr Garge is a renowned archaeologist, whose proficiency in his field is as in depth as it is varied.
Dr. Garge started his career with the Bharatiya Puratatva Samaj in Delhi as research assistant after completing his PhD from Pune’s Deccan College. He later joined the Archaeological Survey of India as Assistant Archaeologist and was promoted to Deputy Superintending Archaeologist. During his career, Dr. Garge has worked on a wide array of subjects as diverse as the Harappan Civilisation and canons in the 19th century. He is an expert on topics including forts and fortifications, ancient Indian arts and architecture, marine archaeology, heritage management and laws pertaining to archaeology. Studying the Ajanta Caves under his guidance, either in the lecture hall or on an actual field visit, is an experience not to be missed. He has to his credit many research papers, essays, books and articles in national and international publications. He continues to contribute regular columns and articles to Marathi and English publications.
Raamesh Gowri Raghavan has 7 years of experience in scientific research, especially with PCR and biochemistry skills, followed by 11 years of experience in digital marketing, adept at conceptualisation, strategizing, copywriting and execution of marketing campaigns, working well solo or in a team. He has helped bring several brands to market in memorable and award-winning ways. He is also a teacher-researcher in the field of archaeology, linguistics and epigraphy with 4 years of experience.