About

I am an ethnoarchaeologist interested in studying social contexts of craft production among marginalized artisan communities. I received Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Exeter in 2017. I have recently founded Heritage Walk Calcutta, an academic-run historical walking tour company based out of Kolkata, India.
Doctoral Research:

Technology and Identity: an ethnoarchaeological study of the social context of traditional iron-working in northern Telangana, India

This research was funded by the University of Exeter’s Intangible Histories Studentship and emanates from the UKIERI Pioneering Metallurgy project 2010, which was a joint venture between the Department of Archaeology at the University of Exeter and the National Institute for Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India.

In this recently concluded Ph.D. research, I worked closely with different iron-working communities in rural Telangana, India to reconstruct pre-industrial iron smelting technology of these areas in the sub-continent. Another avenue that my research explores is to unravel the socio-cultural dynamics of these fast vanishing communities. I ask questions about inter- and intra-community relations of power and their evolution; trace evolving identities of these groups in the face of industrialization and globalization since the early 20th-century in South India. The interdisciplinary research draws upon a large body of archaeological, ethnographic and archival material.

The entire doctoral thesis can be accessed online here

Supervisory Team:
Dr. Gillian Juleff (Exeter), Prof. Sharada Srinivasan (NIAS)

Regional Interest: South Asia

Wider Research Interests:
Ethnoarchaeology of craft production | South Asia | Identity & Power | Semiotics| Anthropology of food | Indigenous cultures | Folklore and Oral History | Community archaeology & heritage
Email: tathagata@live.co.uk