NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Global Perspectives on Funerary Monuments" by Meghna N. Desai, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1600 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion



Topic:              Global Perspectives on Funerary Monuments


Speaker:          Meghna N. Desai

                        Research Associate, Heritage Science and Society-TCS Programme, NIAS



Chairperson:    Sharada Srinivasan

                        Professor & Dean, Heritage Science and Society Programme, NIAS



Date:               11th July, 2018


Time:              4.00 pm


Venue:            Lecture Hall, NIAS


All are cordially invited


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Abstract:  Funerary monuments have played an interesting role in understanding the cultural history, architecture and burial practices of historic sites. The custom of erecting funerary monuments has been practiced in all ancient cultures, suggesting the intrinsic relationships that the living forge with the dead in various ways.  In this exploratory illustrated talk, the speaker will touch upon varied global perspectives on funerary monuments with selected examples from India, Asia and the Mediterranean.   Some aspects of funerary practices and memorialization in relation to the monuments are explored.  The talk also touches upon the author’s field insights with respect to finds of memorial stones in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.


About the Speaker: Meghna N. Desai is a Research Associate in the HSS-TCS program. Meghna has undertaken fieldwork traditional metal crafts and archaeometallurgical explorations in Tamil Nadu under the TCS project.  Meghna is interested in comparative studies between Europe, Near East, Egypt and South Asia.  She has a Masters in Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology and has post-graduate diplomas in Comparative Mythology and Maritime History.




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For further info, please contact Sangeetha Menon [ or] Coordinator of NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018