Supriya Varma

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Archaeology (South Asia)
  • Pastoralism
  • Migration
  • Landscapes
  • Waterscapes
  • Urbanism
  • Childhood
  • Crafts

Biography

Supriya is an archaeologist with initial training in history. She subsequently developed a deeper interest in anthropology. 

She completed her BA in History (Honours) from Indraprastha College, Delhi University and MA in History from Panjab University (PU), Punjab. She has completed her MPhil in Archaeology and PhD in Archaeology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. 

She has taught Archaeology and History at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSUB), Gujarat; PU, Punjab; Hyderabad Central University, Telangana and JNU, New Delhi.

Her earlier work focused on the archaeology of land use, pastoralism, migration, childhood, and households in the ancient past, but in the last several years, her research has shifted to the medieval and early modern periods. 

Supriya is currently co-directing an interdisciplinary project called MANDU: Monsoon, Climate, and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Times, along with Anne Casile, The French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), Paris. The focus of this project is on society-environment interaction in relation to water management, climatic variability and the making of the built environment in both urban and rural contexts.

Publications

Edited Books

Textbook

Chapters in Edited Books

Journal Articles

Online/​Open Learning Material/​Chapters in Textbooks

  • Varma, S. (2017). Approaches to the study of ancient cities. Block 1 Unit 2 (pp. 19 – 35). MA Course. Urbanization in India. Department of History, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). http://egyankosh.ac.in//handle/123456789/44386
  • Varma, S. (2017). Early historic cities in the Taxila valley: Archaeological perspectives, Block 3 Unit 14 (pp. 78 – 108). MA Course. Urbanization in India. Department of History, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). http://egyankosh.ac.in//handle/123456789/44407
  • Varma, S. (2017). Archaeology of the early historic urban centres in north India: Emergence and characteristics, Block 3 Unit 10 (pp. 5 – 28). MA Course. Urbanization in India. Department of History, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). http://egyankosh.ac.in//handle/123456789/44411
  • Varma, S. (2010). Recent trends in historical interpretations: Environment, technology and regions, Chapter 1.4.2, History of India upto circa 750 CE. National Mission for Education, New Delhi (online). https://​vle​.du​.ac​.in/
  • Varma, S. (2010). Archaeological narratives of Central India and the Deccan (1000 BCE – 300 CE), Chapter 2.5.3, History of India upto circa 750 CE, National Mission for Education, New Delhi (online). https://​vle​.du​.ac​.in/
  • Varma, S. (2010). Cultures in transition: The archaeological picture – South India, Chapter 2.5.5, History of India upto circa 750 CE, National Mission for Education, New Delhi (online). https://​vle​.du​.ac​.in/
  • Varma, S. (2006). From the beginning of time: Human origins in Africa, Theme 1 (pp. 8 – 28). Themes in World History. Class XI History Textbook. National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). https://​ncert​.nic​.in/​t​e​x​t​b​o​o​k​/​p​d​f​/​k​e​h​s​1​0​1.pdf
  • Varma, S. (2006). Hunting gathering, early farming society, pastoralism, Block 1, Unit 2. MA Course. Evolution of social structures in India through the ages. Department of History, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). http://egyankosh.ac.in//handle/123456789/22237

Reports

  • Menon, J. & Varma, S. (2016). Excavation at Rohana Khurd, District Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, Indian Archaeology 2011-12 — A Review (pp. 94 – 105). Archaeological Survey of India.
  • Menon, J. & Varma, S. (2016). Excavation at Indor Khera, District Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, Indian Archaeology 2005-06 — A Review (pp. 102 – 103). Archaeological Survey of India.
  • Menon, J. & Varma, S. (2015). Excavation at Indor Khera, District Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, Indian Archaeology 2008-09 — A Review (pp. 102 – 114). Archaeological Survey of India.
  • Menon, J. & Varma, S. (2014). Exploration at Indor Khera, District Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, Indian Archaeology 2004-05 — A Review (pp. 156 – 59). Archaeological Survey of India.
  • Varma, S., & Menon, J. (1998). Maheshwar Hydroelectric Project: Submergence of a rich archaeological heritage. Submitted to the Madhya Pradesh Government.