Short Term Course cum Workshop on History, Science and Technology of Stone Beads
The study of stone beads, involves scientific investigations as well as understanding in the right cultural perspective. A combination of such a strategy has not evolved fully in south Asia even though a larger history of beads is noticed here. Further, there is a need of standardization of bead studies in terms of typology and technology among the various researchers.
Keeping in view of above objectives, Archaeological Science Centre, IITGN will be conducting a five day (including one day fieldtrip to Lothal and Khambhat) short term course cum workshop on ‘History, Science and Technology of Stone Beads’ from 10—14th August, 2015. This course cum workshop aims to discuss the development of stone beads through the ages, literature/epigraphical references, typology, techniques and sciences involved in their study to interpret the past technology with the help of experts and scholars who are either archaeologists or scientists working in archaeology and allied disciplines.
Eminent scholars from around the world (Kishore K. Basa, Bérénice Bellina, K. Bhan, R.S. Bisht, Bunchar Pongpanich, L. Dussubieux, A.K. Kanungo, J.M. Kenoyer, Manabu Koiso, Vikrant Jain, Randall Law, Rabi Mohanty, V.N. Prabhakar, Ajit Prasad, K. Rajan, V. Selvakumar, Massimo Vidale, Bhuvan Vikrama and others), and craftsmen from Khambat will be the resource persons who will share their work and deliver lectures and carryout hands-on experiments for the participants on various aspects of stone beads in the archaeological context. With pre-designed requested paper from the experts a publication will be released during the workshop in the form of a book.
Short Listing of Applications
More than 50 archaeologists (Post-Graduate students, Research Scholars, Faculty and Staff) and Stone Bead Enthusiast dealing with excavations and study of beads are short listed (on the basis of the applicants CV and SOP) from the numerous applications we received from various universities, Institutes and museums holding important stone beads of India in particular and South Asia in general. The participants will be exposed on the various scientific studies of beads.
We are working towards travel support (III AC Express / Superfast train up to a maximum of Rs. 3,000/-) for the Indian students and accommodation for all the non-local participants.
Short listed candidates are confirmed via their respective email.
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After taking voluntary retirement to focus on his research interest on Thai cultural heritage, Dr. Pongpanich has been spending most of his time in promoting Buddhadasa Archive (BIA), Bangkok. He has also been devoting his time and energy to protect the cultural heritage of Thailand. As part of this work he has established the Suthiratana Foundation, with a goal to salvage the pre-historic and historic relics of the county to its maximum. Dr. Bunchar and his colleagues have initiated a research program on early Buddhist Evidence in South-East Asia, in collaboration with DASTA (Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration) and GISTDA (Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency). Three of his recent/ related publications are:
- 2008. Beyond Beads. Bangkok: Matichon Publishing House
- 2015. The Revitalization of U Thong - According to Beads and Early Buddhist Evidence in Western Thailand. Bangkok: DASTA (Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration) and BIA (Buddhadasa Indhapanno Archives).
- (in press). From India to Thailand - Early Buddhist Evidence. Bangkok: GISTDA (Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency), Mahachulalongkorn University and BIA (Buddhadasa Indhapanno Archives).
His has degrees and expertise in both the subjects of Geography and Archaeology. He did his Ph.D. in the Department of Archaeology, Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute, Pune, India on ‘The Analysis of Pottery of Kuntasi in relation with other Harappan Sites’. Kuntasi happens to be a Harappan site in the state of Gujarat. From 2013 Prof. Koiso has been researching on the stone beads of the Nagas in Nagaland from a holistic point of view with the Grant-in-Aid for Exploratory Research support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Government of Japan. Three of his recent/ related publications are:
- 2015. Cultural and Historical background and present situation of carnelian beads in Nagaland (in Japanese). In, M.Koiso and H. Endo (eds.), Trade and Values of Carnelian Ornaments in South Asia – Study on Social System supporting 'Tradition', pp. 3-20. Official report for the Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research: 2013-2014, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Government of Japan.
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- (with Hitoshi Endo) 2012. Manufacture of Carnelian Beads at Khambhat, the State of Gujarat, Republic of India – Preliminary Report (in Japanese), International Journal of Asian Studies 160: 261-297.