Short Term Course cum Workshop on History, Science and Technology of Stone Beads Kicks Off at IITGN

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In a bid to train students and researchers on how to study and analyse the stone beads which has gained a reputation of being one of the important markers in understanding India’s past contacts.


Ahmedabad, Gujarat, August 10, 2015 -(PressReleasePoint)-  In a bid to train students and researchers on how to study and analyse the stone beads which has gained a reputation of being one of the important markers in understanding India’s past contacts, technology and trade, besides its mastery over material culture and procure, the Archaeological Sciences Centre of IITGN organized a “Short Term Course cum Workshop on History, Science and Technology of Stone Beads” starting form from Monday (August 10, 2015). More than 80 participants from all over the world are taking part in the five-day long workshop.

IITGN Faculty Prof Alok Kumar Kanungo who is coordinating the workshop said, “In terms of importance, stone beads stand only second to ceramics as its study enables archaeologists to understand ancient technology, trade and cultural contacts and the science of ancient India. This course cum workshop aims to discuss the development of stone beads through the ages, literature/epigraphical references, typology, techniques and sciences involved in their study to interpret the past technology with the help of the best available experts and scholars who are either archaeologists or scientists working in archaeology and allied disciplines”

Prof Kanungo said, “This will also showcase our 5000 years old Indian cottage industry of stone bead making and the workers to rest of the world in its true historical, ethnographic, scientific and technological sense.

Apart from the students, faculty and researchers from across the country, the workshop was also attended by over 20 participants from 8 different countries including countries such as USA, England, Italy, Thailand, Iran, Srilanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and so on. The event also had six crafts men who will work on stone beads to demonstrate the techniques they use. The Archaeological Survey of India has also sent an entire batch of their students to take part in the workshop.

During the five days, the event will have eminent speakers who will talk on various topics including, “Indian stone Ornaments Industries and Maritime Silk Road Cultural Exchanges”, “Ancient Stone Beads of South East Asia and Indian Connection”, “Stone Bead Production through Ages in Gujarat”, “Scientific Analyses and Stone Beads” etc. The workshop will also include a field trip to Lothal and Khambat as well as hands on experience of working on stone beads for the participants


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Dayananda Meitei
Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN)
VGEC Campus, Chandkheda – 382424


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