The South Deccan
Prehistory Project is a joint India-Europe project that is aimed
at investigating the rich prehistory of central Karnataka and
Andhra Pradesh, in the southern part of the Indian subcontinent.
It is an umbrella project that incorporates a number of separate
studies and fieldwork expeditions. The South Deccan Prehistory
Project is co-directed by Nicole
The project is based at the Department of History and Archaeology , Karnatak University; the School of Archaeology at Oxford; and the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. It includes many collaborating researchers from institutions in India, the UK, France, Spain and elsewhere. (This project has been previously called the Southern Neolithic Archaeological Project or the Bellary District Archaeological Project.)
The project is focused on investigating, recording and interpreting the prehistoric remains, especially Neolithic and Iron Age, of the south Deccan plateau. Currently we are in a post-excavation phases of analysis and writing, while related projects are continuing on the Palaeolithic of the region (the Toba project) and wider inter-regional connections (the SEALINKS project).
As many of these
sites in South India are undergoing rapid and ongoing destruction,
the project is also keen to raise awareness of their importance
For updates on research, publication and thinking relating to this project, related research on ancient Indian ocean trade, and Palaeolithic South India, visit our Ancient Indian Corridors blog