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
Uthara Suvrathan is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.
Uthara is an archaeologist with a background in History and Anthropology. Her 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. She is also interested in archaeological approaches to landscape studies and in issues of pre-modern trade and contact across the Indian Ocean. In addition, she works on issues of museum education, public outreach and the digital humanities, with a particular interest in the sharing of information among researchers, as well as between academics and the wider public.
Publications and Writings
Articles and Book Chapters (Peer-reviewed)
- ‘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. Routledge.(2021)
- ‘The Multivalence of Landscapes: Archaeology and heritage’. In Himanshu Prabha Ray (ed.), Decolonising Heritage in South Asia: The Global, the National and the Transnational. New York: Routledge.(2019)
- ‘The Archaeology of Roof Tiles: A preliminary chronology from Karnataka’. Man and Environment, Vol. XLII, No. 1.(2018)
- ‘The City in the State’. In Geoff Emberling (ed.), Social Theory in Archaeology and Ancient History: The Present and Future of Counternarratives. Cambridge: University Press. Second author with Carla M. Sinopoli.(2015)
- ‘Spoiled for Choice?: The sacred landscapes of ancient and early medieval Banavasi’. South Asian Studies, Vol. 30.2.(2014)
- ‘Regional Centres and Local Elite: Studying peripheral cores in peninsular India’. Indian History (The Annual Journal of the Archive India Institute), Vol. 1.(2014)
- ‘A Fragmentary Brahmi Inscription from Banavasi’. Puratattva, No. 43, pp. 247 – 251.(2013)
- ‘Landscapes of Life and Death: Considering the Region of Vidarbha’. In Upinder Singh, Nayanjyot Lahiri (eds.), Ancient India: New Research. Oxford University Press: New Delhi.(2009)
- Genealogy, Time and Identity: Historical Consciousness in the Deccan, Sixth Century CE – Twelfth Century CE, by Aruna Pariti (Primus Books, 2016). In South Asian Studies, Vol. 32 (2).
- 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).
Non Peer-Reviewed/ Online articles
- ‘Color, Graffiti and the Senses: Visitors and Worshippers at Indian Archaeological Sites’. Web blog post. Material Religions.(2020)
- ‘Tracing the Many Lives of Religious Structures’. Web blog post. Material Religions.(2017)
- ‘On blogging and archaeology: Why it matters’. Web blog post. Southasian-archaeology.(2017)