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

Biography

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). 

Publications

Acad​e​mia​.edu website: https://​azim​premji​u​ni​ver​si​ty​.acad​e​mia​.edu/​U​t​h​a​r​a​S​u​v​r​athan

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