South Deccan Prehistory Project

Research Background
Project Team
Protection of Sites and Monuments
Past Events

New Museum

Sub Projects

Origins of Agriculture in South India
Bellary District Archaeological Project
Sanganakallu-Kupgal Project

Ashmounds of South India
(photo gallery & gazetteer)

Web Links

Publications arising from this project.


Asouti,E.& Fuller,D. (2008), Trees and Woodlands in South India: Archaeological Perspectives. Walnut Creek,Ca.: Left Coast Press. ISBN: 978-1598742312 [publisher's site]. Now published in an Indian edition by Munshiram Manoharlal (2010).


Risch, Roberto, N. Boivin, M. Petraglia, D. Gomez-Gras, R. Korisettar and D. Fuller (2009). The Prehistoric Axe Factory at Sanganakallu-Kupgal (Bellary District), Southern India. Internet
Archaeology 26. [on-line journal] [pdf]

Nicole Boivin and Dorian Q. Fuller (2009) Shell Middens, Ships and Seeds: Exploring Coastal Subsistence, Maritime Trade and the Dispersal of Domesticates in and Around the Ancient Arabian Peninsula. Journal of World Prehistory 22(2): 113-180 [published online]

Petraglia M, Korisettar R, Kasturi Bai M, Boivin N, B J, Clarkson C, Cunningham K, Ditchfield P, Fuller D, Hampson J, Haslam M, Jones S, Koshy J, Miracle P, Oppenheimer C, Roberts R, White K. 2009b. Human occupation, adaptation and behavioral change in the Pleistocene and Holocene of South India: Recent investigations in the Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh. Eurasian Prehistory 6:119-166. [pdf: 4.7MB]

Clarkson, Chris, M. Petraglia, R. Korisettar, M. Haslam, N. Boivin, A. Crowther, P. Ditchfield, D. Fuller, P. Miracle, C. Harris, K. Connell, H. James, & J. Koshy (2009) The oldest and longest enduring
microlithic sequence in India: 35000 years of modern human occupation and change at the Jwalapuram Locality 9 rockshelter. Antiquity 83: 326-348 [published online]

Fuller, D. Q (2009). Silence before sedentism and the advent of cash-crops: A revised summary of early agriculture in South Asia from plant domestication to the development of political economies (with an excursus on the problem of semantic shift among millets and rice). In T. OSada (ed.) Linguistics, Archaeology and the Human Past. Delhi: Manohar. Pp. 147-187. [ISBN: 978-81-7304-799-2]

Boivin, Nicole, D. Q. Fuller, R. Korisettar, & M. Petraglia (2008) First farmers in South India: the role of internal processes and external influences in the emergence and transformation of south India's earliest settled societies. Pragdhara 18: 179-200

Fuller, D. Q (2008) Domestication, Diffusion and the Development of agriculture villages: a study of the South Indian Neolithic. In South Asian Archaeology 1999 (ed. E. R. Raven). Groningen: Egbert Forsten.
Pp. 143-158

Fuller, D. Q (2008) The spread of textile production and textile crops in India beyond the Harappan zone: an aspect of the emergence of craft specialization and systematic trade. In Linguistics, Archaeology and
the Human Past
Occasional Paper 3, edited by T. Osada and A. Uesugi. Indus Project, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto. Pp.1-26 [ISBN978-4-902325-16-4] [pdf file]

Fuller, D. Q (2008) ASIA, SOUTH: India, Deccan and Central Plateau. In Encyclopedia of Archaeology, edited by D. Pearsall. Springer. Pp. 694-705 [published on-line]


Brumm, A., N. Boivin, Nicole, R. Korisettar, J.Koshy, P.Whittaker 2007.Stone Axe Technology in Neolithic South India: New Evidence from the Sanganakallu-Kupgal Region, Mideastern Karnataka. Asian Perspectives. 46(1): 65-95 [pdf: 877kb]

Fuller, D. Q, N. Boivin, R. Korisettar (2007) Dating the Neolithic of South India: new radiometric evidence for key economic, social and ritual transformations. Antiquity 81: 755-778 [publisher's website]

Fuller, D. Q (2007). Non-human genetics, agricultural origins and historical linguistics in South Asia. In M. Petraglia and B. Allchin (eds.) The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia.
Springer, Netherlands. Pp. 393-443 [publisher's website][pdf]


Brumm, A., N. Boivin & R. Fullager 2006. Signs of life: Engraved stone artefacts from Neolithic south India. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 16(2): 165-190 [pdf]

D. Q Fuller (2006). Agricultural Origins and Frontiers in South Asia: A Working Synthesis. Journal of World Prehistory 20: 1-86 [pdf 1.9mb]

Fuller, D. Q. 2006. Dung mounds and domesticators: early cultivation and pastoralism in Karnataka. In: Jarrige, C. and Lefèvre, V. (Ed.), South Asian Archaeology 2001, Volume I. Prehistory. Éditions Recherche sur les Civilisations, Paris, pp. 117-127 [pdf:754kb]


Asouti, E., Fuller, D. Q. and Korisettar, R. 2005. in Franke-Vogt, U. and Weisshaar, J., South Asian Archaeology 2003. Proceedings of the European Association for South Asian Archaeology Conference, Bonn, Germany, 7th - 11th July 2003. Aachen: 336-340 [pdf: 635 kb]

Boivin, N., Korisettar, R., & Fuller, D. 2005. Further research on the Southern Neolithic and the Ashmound Tradition: The Sanganakallu-Kupgal Archaeological Research Project interim report. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in History and Archaeology (Allahabad) 2(1): 63-92 [pdf in 4 parts, one of which is colour plates: Part A. 1.9MB, Part B 2.8MB, Part C 1.7MB, Part D colour plates 1.7MB]

Fuller, D. Q. 2005. Ceramics, seeds and culinary change in prehistoric India. Antiquity 79 (306): 761-777 [pdf: 255 kb]


Boivin, N. 2004a. Landscape and cosmology in the south Indian Neolithic: New perspectives on the Deccan ashmounds. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 14(2): 235-57. [pdf]

Boivin, N. 2004b. Rock art and rock music: petroglyphs of the South Indian Neolithic. Antiquity 78 (229): 38-53 [pdf]

Fuller, D. Q., R. Korisettar, P. C. Venkatasubbaiah, and M. K. Jones 2004. Early plant domestications in southern India: some preliminary archaeobotanical results, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 13: 115-129 [pdf file: 692 kB]

Fuller, D. Q. and R. Korisettar 2004. The vegetational context of early agriculture in South India. Man and Environment XXIX (1): 7-27 [PDF in 2 parts: 1.4mb; 2.2mb]

Korisettar, R. 2004. Origins of plant agriculture in South India, in H. P. Ray, C. M. Sinopoli (eds.) Archaeology as History. New Delhi: Aryan Books International


Boivin, N., Korisettar, R. & Venkatasubbaiah, P.C. 2003. Megalithic markings in context: graffiti marks on burial pots from Kudatini, Karnataka. South Asian Studies 19: 1-12

Fuller, D. Q.. 2003a. An agricultural perspective on Dravidian historical linguistics: archaeological crop packages, livestock and Dravidian crop vocabulary, in P. Bellwood and C. Renfrew (eds.), Examining the farming/language dispersal hypothesis, McDonald Institute Monographs: 191-214. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. [pdf 3MB ]

Fuller, D. Q. 2003b. Indus and Non-Indus agricultural traditions: local developments and crop adoptions on the Indian peninsula, in S. A. Weber and W. R. Belcher (eds.), Indus Ethnobiology. New Perspectives from the Field: 343-396. Lanham: Lexington Books. [pdf 3.2mb]

Mushrif, V., Boivin, N., Korisettar, R. & Walimbe, S. R .2003. Skeletal remains from the Kudatini sarcophagus burial. Puratattva 33: 74-83.


Boivin, N., Korisettar, R., Venkatasubbaiah, Lewis, H., Havanur, D., Malagyannavar, K. & Chincholi, S. 2002. Exploring Neolithic and Megalithic South India : the Bellary District Archaeological Project. Antiquity 76: 937-8


Fuller, D. Q. 2001. Ashmounds and hilltop villages: the search for early agriculture in southern India. Archaeology International 4 (2000/2001):43-46.

Fuller, D. Q., Korisettar R., and P. C. Venkatasubbaiah. 2001. Southern Neolithic Cultivation Systems: A Reconstruction based on Archaeobotanical Evidence. South Asian Studies 17:171-187. [pdf: 2.08mb]

R. Korisettar, P. C. Venkatasubbaiah, and D.Q. Fuller 2001 “Brahmagiri and Beyond: the Archaeology of the Southern Neolithic”in S. Settar and R. Korisettar (eds.) Indian Archaeology in Retrospect, Volume I. Prehistory, Publications of the Indian Council for Historical Research. New Dehli: Manohar: Pp. 151-238 [in 3 pdfs: 1.14MB, 1.8MB, 3.8MB]

Korisettar, R., P. P. Joglekar, D. Q. Fuller, and P. C. Venkatasubbaiah. 2001. Archaeological re-investigation and archaeozoology of seven Southern Neolithic sites in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Man and Environment 26:47-66.


Updated: 16 May 2010