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Excavations at Sanjan and Chandore - Redefining the Medieval History of the West Coast of India


Excavations at Sanjan and Chandore - Redefining the Medieval History of the West Coast of India


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India Habitat Center,​
Gulmohar Hall,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Meeting Time 1/2/2016 6:30:00 PM
Meeting Point Gulmohar Hall, IHC
Nearest Metro Jor Bagh
(900 mts.)
 Charges None
 Type Heritage Durbar (Talk)
 Speaker Dr. Kusuh F. Dalal
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Jan 2

Excavations at Sanjan and Chandore - Redefining the Medieval History of the West Coast of India India Habitat Center
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1/2/2016 7:00:00 PM 1/2/2016 9:00:00 PM 68 Excavations at Sanjan and Chandore - Redefining the Medieval History of the West Coast of India Dr. Kurush F Dalal's work brought to light for the first time in Western India a complex Early Medieval in-habitation. This talk will reveal all those secrets India Habitat Center Youth for Heritage Foundation contact@youthforheritage.org false DD/MM/YYYY https://www.facebook.com/events/1069839529722324/

About the Event

Excavations at the site of Sanjan (Tal Umargam, Dist Valsad, Gujarat) from 2002-2004 brought to light for the first time in Western India a complex Early Medieval inhabitation of the west coast. The site defied the accepted norms of an Urban Collapse during this period and revealed a burgeoning trading centre involved in the Arab trade network ranging from the Persian Gulf to China. It also uncovered evidence of the refugee Zoroastrian community who were the forbearers of the modern Parsis of India. These excavations rewrote the history of the west coast between the 8th and the 12th c AD and became a benchmark for comparative analysis of data pertaining to this period. These excavations also proved beyond doubt the historical veracity of Parsi oral traditions. The subsequent excavations at Chandore (Tal Mangaon, Dist Raigad, Maharashtra) carried out between 2012 and 2015 picked up where Sanjan left off and continued the story from the 12th c AD to the present day. They told a story of continuing trade and exchange. Whilst Sanjan had yielded evidence for overseas trade and urbanisation Chandore helped us in defining the internal trade routes and their dynamics. Chandore also helped in deepening our understanding of rural spatio-temporal organisation. Together these excavations have rewritten the history of the west coast (especially its northern half) from the 8th c AD to the present day.

About the Speaker

Dr Kurush F. Dalal did his MA in Archaeology from the Deccan College, Pune and his PhD on the Early Iron Age in Rajasthan from the University of Pune under the late Prof VN Misra. He has participated in numerous archaeological explorations and excavation across the length and breadth of India. These include prehistoric, protohistoric, megalithic, early historic and medieval sites. He has also conducted his own excavation: 1) as Field Director and Joint Director at the ancient site of Sanjan (tal Umargam, dist Valsad, Gujarat) and 2) as Excavation Director (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) at the site of Chandore (tal. Mangaon, dist Raigad, Maharashtra). He has been the Coordinator and Resource Person for the University of Mumbai’s Bachelor’s in Heritage Management (KC College) and Visiting Lecturer in Tourism at the Jhunjhunwala College. He was briefly Assistant Director (In Charge) of the Dinesh Modi Institute of Numismatics and Archaeology. He is currently Assistant Professor (Archaeology) at the Centre of Archaeology, Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, University of Mumbai and the Coordinator for their 1) Archaeology, 2) Advanced Archaeology, 3) Ancient Indian Arts, Crafts & Sciences and 4) Numismatics - Certificate Courses. He has a presented a number of Papers at Conferences, Seminars and Workshops in India and has published a number of research articles in peer reviewed journals and edited volumes both in India and abroad. He also regularly engages in lectures with the general public and interacts with the press to promote archaeology. Though his original work (PhD) was on the Early Iron Age in Western India as of the last 14 years he has been specialising in the Medieval Archaeology of the Konkan.

How to Reach

By Car: From AIIMS, reach Safdarjung Tomb and turn right on Lodhi Road. Take another Right from the Islamic Centre on Lodhi Road. Turn left immediately into the (IHC) gates and park in IHC Basement.
If coming from Nizamuddin side, take the service lane from Airforce Bal Bharti School. Take left into the gates of IHC and park
By Metro: Get down at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and you may walk upto the IHC. Some may also choose to get down at Jor Bagh Metro Station or the Khan Market Station. A battery/auto rikshaw can help you reach the venue easily
By Bus: India Habitat Centre is a famous bus stop on Lodhi Road, well connected by many routes.
Once at India Habitat Centre, come to Gulmohar Hall on first floor opposite Stein Auditorium

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