IIT Gandhinagar, ministry of culture to host international colloquium on Harappan Civilisation

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IIT Gandhinagar, in association with the Ministry of Culture and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, will hold a three-day International Colloquium on “Emerging Perspectives of Harappan Civilisation” from the 10th to the 12th of February. This colloquium will focus on topics such as the birth of the civilisation, its material culture, relevant climate conditions, and other theoretical concepts related to the proto-historic period.

The three-day colloquium, which is planned to be held in a hybrid format, will bring together more than 65 archaeologists, scientists, and researchers from India and abroad to discuss and present their studies on the Harappan Civilization during different thematic sessions. The event will also feature the inauguration of the ‘Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Archaeology Chair’ at the institute to assist and stimulate research in archaeological sciences. The sessions will include topics such as the beginning of the Harappan, Indus and Indus-Saraswati Civilizations, their terminology and state; trading connections with other areas; technology of the Harappan Civilizations; climate and environmental studies; bio-archaeological perspectives (floral, faunal, and other related studies); bio-anthropological or DNA studies; and the composition of the Harappan population.

The three-day event will cover topics such as the Indus script, the de-urbanisation processes of the Harappan Civilisation, and the potential points of contact/transmission between the Harappan Civilisation and Vedic Culture. Archaeology and statistical studies will also be discussed.

Aims of the IIT Gandhinagar, Ministry of culture International Colloquium

(i) Bring together the scholarly community engaged in those themes;

(ii) Deliberate on the various facets and unresolved issues of this civilisation;

(iii) Arrive at a consensus on terminologies used in this context;

(iv) Foster future collaborations in fieldwork and research;

(v) propose a national centre for Harappan studies; and

(vi) Bring together various state governments and research institutions to evolve a mechanism for the protection, preservation of this rich cultural heritage with the help of Government of India.

Mayank Tewari

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