NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Archaeo-Experimental Approach to understanding Iron Smelting Processes: A case study of Nathara-Ki-pal, South East Rajasthan" by S Udayakumar, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1600 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion



Topic:              Archaeo-Experimental Approach to understanding Iron Smelting Processes:

                        A case study of Nathara-Ki-pal, South East Rajasthan


Speaker:          S Udayakumar

                        Post Doctoral Associate, HSS-TCS Programme, NIAS



Chairperson:    Sharada Srinivasan

                       Professor & Dean, Heritage Science and Society Programme, NIAS



Date:               18th July, 2018


Time:              4.00 pm


Venue:            Lecture Hall, NIAS


All are cordially invited


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Abstract:  The Early Historic site of Nathara-Ki-Pal (73°47’E; 24°16N) located about 70 km south-east of Udaipur city on the foot hills of Aravalli is an important one which yielded evidence of iron smelting furnaces, with iron ores and iron slags seen on the surface of the site itself. The remains of four broken furnaces were recovered during excavations (2007 and 2008) undertaken by Prof. Pandey from the Department of Archaeology of the Institute of Rajasthan studies, Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University and Prof. V.S. Shinde from Deccan College, Pune.  The talk discusses research undertaken through experimental studies collaboratively by the speaker, for exploring the processes of iron smelting. Through experimental archaeology, aspects related to the selection of iron ore, the structure of furnace, the making of tuyeres and fashioning of blowers and firing temperatures were explored.  The insights from experimental archaeology performed both in the field for the reconstruction of a bloomery furnace as well as in the laboratory are elaborated upon, for gaining significant perspectives on ancient technologies.


About the Speaker: Dr S. Udayakumar is a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Heritage Science and Society-TCS Program helmed by Prof Sharada Srinivasan.  Dr S. Udayakumar has undertaken fieldwork on traditional metal craft and with ethnoarchaeological explorations under the TCS Project.  He is interested in comparative studies of the metal technology of different Indian regions and especially through archaeo-experimental approaches. He has a PhD in Archaeology from Deccan College, Pune, and Masters in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology and a Bachelor in ancient metal sculpture. 



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Wednesday, July 18, 2018