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


I am an archaeologist with a background in History and Anthropology. After a BA(hons.) in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University (DU), I completed an MA and MPhil in Ancient Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and a PhD in Anthropological Archaeology from the University of Michigan.

I come to the University from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai, and before that I have worked at 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 organisation of polities and urban centres 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). 



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External History website: https://​sites​.google​.com/​a​p​u​.​e​d​u​.​i​n​/​h​i​s​t​o​r​y​major