Public Lecture on “Iron Technology in Central Indian Megalithic Tradition: Problems and Perspectives” by Dr. Kanti Kumar Anant Pawar

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560 012


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Iron Technology in Central Indian Megalithic Tradition:

Problems and Perspectives




 Dr. Kanti Kumar Anant Pawar

Department of Archaeology, Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune


Date : Tuesday, 25th  February, 2020

Time : 3.30 PM

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bengaluru 560012


Chairperson: Prof. Sharada Srinivasan


Abstract: India has diverse elements of various cultural complexes throughout its geographical boundaries. Some regions of India are the subject matter of attraction among the scholarly world for their identical phenomena viz. northern region for PGW, OCP and NBPW culture, western for Harappan, Rural Chalcolithic and Buddhist caves. However, the antiquity of the Iron Age can go back to the middle of the second millennium BC (Tewari 2003). Therefore Early Iron Age culture of South Asia can be divided into four principles archaeological assemblages: The Gandharian Grave Culture, The Painted Gray Ware assemblage of Ganga Plain, The Pirak assemblage and Megalithic Complex of Vidarbha and South India (Possehl et. al. 1999). The Indian Megalithic burials and monuments generally belong to the Iron Age and are largely sepulchral in character. Main concentrations of these megalithic graves and habitation sites have been found in Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra (especially Vidarbha) regions of Central & Peninsular India. The Megalithic culture of Vidarbha is broadly known for its bewildering types of the burial tradition associated with the presence of Iron. Excavations and researches undertaken in the Vidarbha region from 1970 onwards are quite significant for the recovery of biological, zoological and anthropological remains. More than a hundred Iron Age megalithic sites have been reported so far in the region and they are increasing daily. However superior iron technology amongst the megalithic communities is still a question of curiosity in a scholarly world. In the overall Indian context, various theories for its origin have been advocated by many scholars. Present paper in this relationship would like to highlight the recent discoveries in relation to the megalithic sites of Vidarbha region. This paper would like to focus on the metallurgical issues of Central Indian/Vidarbha megaliths on the basis of a few excavations conducted by the author.


About the Speaker: Dr. Kanti Kumar A Pawar is working as Assistant Professor in Behavioral archaeology, at Department of Archaeology, Deccan College Post Graduate Research Institute, Pune. He was Director for several archaeological excavations such as Hirapur, Khopadi, Papa Miya Tekdi. He has also participated in several archaeological excavations and exploration such as Rakhigrahi, Karsola, Junnar, Farmana, Bhirrana. He has about 30 research papers in national and international journals; he has delivered more than 50 talks in national and international seminars and conferences. He was a resource person for several workshops and he is a supervisor for many M. Phil and PhD students.  


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Tuesday, February 25, 2020