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HARN WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

August 1, 2014

HARN IS GROWING FAST AND HAS ANOTHER NEW MEMBER! PLEASE WELCOME

Bishnupriya Basak (basak.bishnupriya@gmail.com) University of Calcutta

I did my Ph.D (1998) in Prehistory from Deccan College and am currently Senior Faculty, Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. Archaeological theory and history of archaeology are my two areas of interest apart from prehistoric fieldwork. Through my ongoing research I am trying to understand the development of prehistoric archaeology, ethnology and geological sciences in India (esp. eastern India) in the last quarter of the nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth century. I am interested to understand the colonial mind in exposition of an alien past in the colony. None of these nascent disciplines engaged the attention of the Archaeological Survey of India, established in 1861, where the preoccupation was chiefly with the monumental. I am trying to see how far the pursuit of these disciplines in the metropolis exercised its sway on the perceptions of the officers/individuals researching on them in the colony. An important strand here is the collection history of objects described as ‘prehistoric’ or ‘ethnological.’ I have already published some papers in peer reviewed journals.

I am also interested in local history and the development of vernacular tradition in archaeology in pre-independent Bengal.

Welcome and many thanks for joining our community!

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