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