Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Pre-modern Archaeology and History (South Asia)
- Indian Ocean Studies
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Digital Humanities
- Teaching Archaeology
- Landscape Studies
- Regional Archaeological Survey
- Complex Societies
- State formation
- Museum Studies
I am an archaeologist with a background in History and Anthropology. After a BA(hons.) in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, I completed an MA and MPhil in Ancient Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a PhD in Anthropological Archaeology from the University of Michigan.
I come to the University from NMIMS University in Mumbai, and before that have worked in Lehman College, Cornell University and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC.
My research draws on archaeological and textual material to examine the organization of polities and urban centers on the margins of large socio-political systems and empires in South Asia. I am also interested in archaeological approaches to landscape studies and in issues of pre-modern trade and contact across the Indian Ocean. Other interests include museum education, public outreach and the digital humanities.
I am currently writing a textbook on South Asian archaeology (under contract for the Routledge World Archaeology Series) with Dr. Namita Sugandhi (Hartwick College).
Academia.edu website: https://azimpremjiuniversity.academia.edu/UtharaSuvrathan
External History website: https://sites.google.com/apu.edu.in/historymajor.
- Suvrathan, U. (2021). Review of Coastal Shrines and Transnational Maritime Networks Across India and Southeast Asia, by H. P. Ray. India Quarterly, 77 (2), 306 – 309.
- Suvrathan, U. (2020). Bullion, Baubles and Bowls: reconstructing networks of exchange in the Indian Ocean. In Himanshu Prabha Ray (ed.), Archaeology of Knowledge Traditions of the Indian Ocean World (pp. 127 – 145). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429321856.
- Suvrathan, U. (2020). Color, Graffiti and the Senses: Visitors and Worshippers at Indian Archaeological Sites. The Jugaad Project: Material Religions in Context. https://www.thejugaadproject.pub/home/color-graffiti-and-the-senses
- Suvrathan, U. (2019). The Multivalence of Landscapes: Archaeology and heritage. In Himanshu Prabha Ray (ed.), Decolonising Heritage in South Asia: The Global, the National and the Transnational (pp. 90 – 108). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429440380.
- Suvrathan, U. (2018). The Archaeology of Roof Tiles: A preliminary chronology from Karnataka. Man and Environment, XLII(1), 79 – 90.
- Suvrathan, U. (2017). Tracing the Many Lives of Religious Structures. Material Religions. http://materialreligions.blogspot.com/2017/10/tracing-many-lives-of-religious.html
- Suvrathan, U. (2017). On blogging and archaeology: Why it matters. Southasian-archaeology.com. http://www.southasian-archaeology.com/2017/10/on-blogging-andarchaeologywhy-it.html
- Suvrathan, U. (2016). Review of Genealogy, Time and Identity: Historical Consciousness in the Deccan, Sixth Century CE – Twelfth Century CE, by Aruna Pariti. South Asian Studies, 32 (2), 200 – 202. https://doi.org/10.1080/02666030.2016.1191788.
- Sinopoli, C. and Suvrathan, U. (2015). The City in the State. In Geoff Emberling (ed.), Social Theory in Archaeology and Ancient History: The Present and Future of Counternarratives (pp. 109 – 128). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107282056.
- Suvrathan, U. (2014). Spoiled for Choice?: The sacred landscapes of ancient and early medieval Banavasi. South Asian Studies, 30(2), 206 – 229.
- Suvrathan, U. (2014). Regional Centres and Local Elite: Studying peripheral cores in peninsular India. Indian History (The Annual Journal of the Archive India Institute), 1, 89 – 142.
- Suvrathan, U. (2014). Review of Craft Specialization, Technology and Social Change: A study of material culture in Iron Age and Early Historic South India (c. 1200 BCE – 400 CE), by Gwendolyn Ida Ortner Kelly (Dissertation, University of Madison Wisconsin, 2013). In www.dissertationreviews.org (http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/10023).
- Suvrathan, U. (2013). A Fragmentary Brahmi Inscription from Banavasi. Puratattva, 43, 247 – 251.
- Suvrathan, U. (2009). Landscapes of Life and Death: Considering the Region of Vidarbha. In Upinder Singh, Nayanjyot Lahiri (eds.), Ancient India: New Research (pp. 122 – 171). Oxford University Press. https://doi:10.1017/S0021911811002233.