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
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