Uthara Suvrathan

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
  • Urbanism
  • 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)


Non Peer-Reviewed/ Online articles