The Department of Archaeology, founded by the late Professor H.D. Sankalia, is the premier center for teaching and research in archaeology in South Asia. The U.G.C. granted to it the status of a Department of Special Assistance in 1972, and upgraded it to a Center of Advanced Study (CAS) in 1985 which it has maintained till today. In addition, in 2003 the Department was selected by the UGC for implementation of a new programme called Assistance for Infrastructure in Humanities and Social Sciences (ASIHSS).
It has a sanctioned faculty strength of 28 members and has a provision for research and technical staff comprising of research and scientific assistants, curators, draughts man, photographers etc. The faculty consists of experts in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology and related branches of Cultural and Biological Anthropology, Geoarchaeology, Paleontology, Archaeobotany, Archaeozoology, Archaeological Chemistry and Computer Science. The Department approaches archaeology from a multidisciplinary perspective and has sophisticated laboratory facilities.
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