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Research, Education and Legal Issues in India's Cultural Heritage
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Dr. Kumar Akhilesh

Director-Research. Interested in prehistory, experimental archaeology (lithic knapping), satellite remote sensing and GIS.  Involved in both research and administration.

Kumar Akhilesh, is Director-Research at the Sharma Centre for Heritage Education. 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 also a Ph.D. supervisor for guiding doctoral students at the Centre (under its program of affiliation with the SRM University). He is currently Co-Director of the research project on prehistory and palaeoenvironments at Attirampakkam and other sites in Tamil Nadu. 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 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 more than 15 research papers in peer reviewed national and international journals to his credit, including Science 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. He is also involved in the Kolam Children’s Museum project and directs community heritage education programs run by the Centre and is co-ordinating the design of museum exhibits.

 

Celebrating 150 years of Indian Prehistory

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Dr. Shanti Pappu

Founder/Secretary, with interests in prehistory, palaeoenvironments, ethnoarchaeology, history of archaeology. Degree in law with specialization in cultural heritage laws of India. Involved in education for underprivileged children. She also holds the post of Professor of Prehistory at the Deccan College Postgraduate & Research Institute.

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Dr. Kumar Akhilesh

Director-Research. Interested in prehistory, experimental archaeology (lithic knapping), satellite remote sensing and GIS.  Involved in both research and administration.

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S. Udayakumar

Intern:  Interested in ancient and traditional metal technology, art and architecture, lost wax methods of bronze technology and children's education.

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Internships

We offer 1 month internships for post-graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students who wish to gain experience in the fields of prehistory, lithic analysis and field methodology. Students may contact Dr. Kumar Akhilesh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Centre

We are a registered non-profit public educational trust (Estd.1999), focusing on research in archaeology & public awareness programs. We are named in honour of noted educationists, Dr. V.N. Sharma and Mrs. Ellen Sharma.

 

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