‘Need to review old archaeological knowledge’

Lalit Gupta
JAMMU, Aug 28 :   The old archaeological knowledge based on fossilized methodology needs to be reviewed in light of latest scientific methodology and interdisciplinary approach to understand culture of a particular time and space in its totality, was the concerted opinion of the experts at conclusion of 2-Day National workshop On Regional Archaeology of North India, organized by Srinagar circle of Archeological Survey of India (ASI), at the Police Auditorium here today.
The presidium of valedictory session held after the marathon presentations of 22 papers, included Prof Vidula Jaiswal, R C Aggarwal, R K Bisht, Saleem Beg and A K Sinha. The speakers showed their happiness on the serious quality of presentations, especially the fact that out of more than 40 papers presented today, 30 papers were by young archaeologists and scholars who by applying latest research methodologies have questioned the old theories.
A K Tiwari, Superintending Archaeologist, Srinagar circle and host of workshop informed that the proceedings of the workshop would be published in book form soon.
On concluding day of workshop, the contingent of professors, scholars and heritage experts from University of Jammu (JU) and Srinagar, made their presence felt through quality papers highlighting varied aspects of J&K’s history, art & archaeology and conservation.
The JU faculty members included Prof Anita Billawaria, Director, Center for Art and Culture of Jammu and Ladakh, on Jammu Mural Art: Technique and Cultural Aspects, Prof Suman Jamwal, HoD, Deptt. of History, on Historic Geography of Kashmir: Textual Context of Archaeology, Dr Sham Narayan Lal, Deptt. of History, on Perspective of Built Heritage in Jammu: An Alternate Perspective, Dr Sonia Rajput, one of the few numismatic experts of J&K, on Origin & Development of Kashmir Coins, Rajesh Sharma, scholar, Deptt of Buddhist Studies on Jasmergarh Fort of Jammu.
While Sonam Splagin, ASI, presented  paper on Archaeological Study of Monastic Centers of Kashmir, Y K Kanotra, ASI, on Conservation & Restoration of Mural Paintings in Buddhist Gumphas of Leh-Ladakh, Salim Beg, Convener, J&K INTACH Chapter on Monuments & Gardens of Kashmir valley and Mohd Ajmal Shah, doctorate student from Deccan College, Pune, on Kushana Archaeology of Kashmir: An Introspection.
Scholars and experts from outside who gave presentations included Dr Sandhya on Pahari Paintings, Prof Vidula Jaiswal on Shifting Paradigms in Archaeology of Middle Gangetic Plains: A Case Study of Varanasi,  Dr D Baneerji  on Characteristics of Dust at Taj Mahal, Dr Indrani on An Insight into Prehistory Hunter-Gatherer Mobility Pattern between Ganga Valley and Central India, Dr Manoj Singh on Neolithic Way of Living of Western Himalayas: An Explanation Based on Ethnographic Accounts, Anup Mishra on Abihrpur An Important Black & Red Ware Site, Arkhit Pradhan on Early Temples Remains from Agra Region: Recent Findings at Tarhat, Gunjan Srivatsva on Issues of Late Harappan Culture in North India in light of Explorations in Western Uttar Pradesh, Tirth Bhoi, University of Kashmir, on Comparison of Megaliths of Chattisgarh & Kashmir, Dr Abhimanyu on Role of Panini in Study of Ancient Inscriptions & Manuscripts, Vasant Swarankar on Rare Outlets from Krishna Vilas and AK Tiwari on Sun Temple of Martand. Others who also presented papers included Rajinder Yadav, Atul Bhargav and Vimal Tiwari.

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