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Department of Archaeology

 

Biography

I am from New Delhi, India, and have a B.A in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology (Bryn Mawr College, 2013) and MPhil in Archaeology (University of Cambridge, 2015). I was a Program Assistant for Project ‘Mausam’, a Ministry of Culture, Government of India project on ancient Indian Ocean interactions at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi in 2014. 

My doctoral research focuses on the reconstruction of ancient culinary practices in the Indus Civilisation by investigating the remains of food-processing activities in vessels using lipid residue analysis. Broadly speaking, my research interests are focused on the intersections between social complexity, foodways and environment in the ancient world.  

I have over five years of experience in archaeological fieldwork, and have excavated at sites in Turkey (Tarsus Gözlükule Project, Bryn Mawr College & Boğaziçi University), Jordan (Dhiban Excavation and Development Project, UC Berkeley, University of Liverpool, Knox College; Busayra Cultural Heritage Project, UC Berkeley), the UAE (Tell Abraq, Bryn Mawr College), Sultanate of Oman (Bat, American Japanese Bat Archaeological Project; Salut Tower 1, Italian Mission in Oman), and India (TwoRains Project, University of Cambridge and Banaras Hindu University).

I am also interested in questions of representation and the display of archaeological and anthropological collections in museums. I contributed to research on 'take hold', a digital experience about the South Asian collections at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) in Cambridge, and am currently co-organising critical, alternative museum tours known as Untold Histories Museum Tours at MAA. These tours were featured in the Festival of Ideas in Cambridge and have received significant media attention.

I have supervised undergraduates in Archaeology at Cambridge for over 2 years.

Research

  • South Asian archaeology
  • Indus Civilisation archaeology
  • Arabian and Near Eastern archaeology
  • Ancient foodways
  • Cuisine and environment
  • Biomolecular archaeology
  • Ceramic lipid residues

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

I am involved in the teaching of the following courses:

  • ARC06 - Archaeological Method and Theory
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Other Professional Activities

Job Titles

PhD Student in South Asian Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Museum Studies
Biomolecular Archaeology
Artefact Analysis & Technology
Cultural Heritage

Contact Details

Affiliations

Subjects: 
Archaeology
Themes: 
Science, Technology and Innovation
Material Culture
Rethinking Complexity
Geographical areas: 
Mesopotamia and the Near East
South Asia
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Other Late Prehistory