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Welcome! This blog is dedicated to the study of Indian archaeology, that is its history, its practice and all things on the archaeology of India. I, Neha Gupta (@archaeomap) made this blog to encourage scholars and students to use, and develop digital methods and tools in Indian archaeology. This sort of social media engagement is particularly necessary as both intellectual and public interest in the archaeology of India grows. While the blog is primarily aimed to a scholarly audience, great efforts are made to keep the tone and language of each post clear and readily understood by a general public. Ideally, I will have guest bloggers who contribute posts on their research interests.

Brief Overview on MINA | Map Indian Archaeology

MINA is part of Michigan State University’s Institute on Digital Archaeology Method and Practice. In this context, I created a Web platform (i.e. a Web map) that shows us where Indian archaeologists were carrying out field investigations between 1953 and 1960. The image above is an artistic representation that is based on a ‘heatmap’ or density of investigations. We can see  highly ‘dense’ areas in red, whereas low density areas are a cool blue. You can interact with the Web map here

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An artistic image based on a ‘heatmap’ of archaeological investigations in India. The heatmap is based on the density of point (lat, long) locations. More information on the Web map is here (dngupta.github.io/mina.github.io)

On this map (which is also in the header image for the blog), we can see distinct spatial patterns, such as the concentration of investigations in small pockets across India. This is stark contrast to the situation in eastern Indian (two blue patches in the center) and what is called “Northeastern” India (the lone blue patch on top right of the image).

Of course, this map represents only preliminary results. However, the patterns are striking and they underscore perceptions that Indian scholarship has overlooked these areas, something that scholars such as Gautum Sengupta have previously observed.

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