South Deccan Prehistory Project

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

Ashmounds of South India
(photo gallery & gazetteer)

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The South Deccan Prehistory Project

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 Boivin,
Dorian Q Fuller
, Ravi Korisettar , and Michael Petraglia.

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 and value.

Please click on the various links to learn about the overall project, and the various sub-projects and project participants.

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


Updated: 16 May 2010