Fourth Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology

2-3 December 2016
Venue: The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, & The Ancient India and Iran Trust

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The Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology was established to create a forum where UK‐based scholars working in South Asian Archaeology can meet annually. It was named after Raymond and Bridget Allchin to commemorate their work, and the outstanding contribution that they made to development of South Asian studies in the United Kingdom.

This year, a keynote address, India’s global interconnections: looking west during the Roman period, will be presented by Dr Roberta Tomber, British museum at 5pm the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research on the evening of Friday 2nd December.

The main symposium will take place on Saturday 3rd December at the Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge. The final schedule will be made available shortly.

The cost of registration will be £15.

It will be possible to register on the day, but if you wish to register beforehand, please email Margaret Widdess, Administraor, Ancient India and Iran Trust, or telephone 01223 356841 (Mon‐Fri 9.30‐13.00).

All other enquiries should be addressed to the organisers at

If you would like to present a paper, please download the Call for Papers and send us an abstract. Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words. Please also include your name, the title of your presentation, institutional affiliation and contact information (including email address).

Please submit abstracts to the organisers at, no later than
Friday 4th November 2016.

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Cameron Petrie, University of Cambridge
Jason Hawkes, The British Museum
Margaret Widdess, Ancient India and Iran Trust


Third Annual Allchin Symposium on the Archaeology of South Asia

Third Annual Allchin Symposium on the Archaeology of South Asia

‘South Asia and its Neighbours’

Sponsored by The Department of Archaeology, Durham University

with The Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge

Was held on December 4th-6th 2015 at Durham University

The Allchin Symposium was established to highlight the outstanding contribution that Raymond and Bridget Allchin made to development of South Asian archaeology and to offer the opportunity for scholars and students across the UK to come together to discuss their common research themes and challenges.

Whilst the natural home of the Allchin Symposium is the Ancient India and Iran Trust with its library and strong link with the Allchins, the post-2014 symposium discussion voiced a clear desire for alternate venues to reflect other regional foci of expertise across the UK. As a result, it was agreed that the 2015 event be co-hosted at Durham University on account of its expertise in Early Historic South Asian archaeology and the presence of the Oriental Museum, home of Sir John Marshall’s photographic archive

The Symposium Steering Committee have agreed to expand the Symposium to include ‘South Asia and its Neighbours’, in the expectation that it will strengthen links between those studying South Asia and those studying the related regions of Central Asia, South-east Asia, Iran, the Persian Gulf and the Himalayas. These regions are not often brought together in a forum of this kind with South Asia at the centre, although researchers are faced with similar methodological and theoretical challenges as well as exploring similar themes. The papers and sessions will be grouped thematically rather than geographically to help facilitate this comparative approach.

The Symposium began at midday on Friday 4th December with a keynote lecture (tbc) and reception at the Oriental Museum on Friday evening. The Symposium continued on Saturday 5th December in the Department of Archaeology and finish in the evening. On Sunday 6th December a round table discussion was held in the morning for Early Career Researchers and PhD students.

Dr Jennifer Tremblay-Fitton, Durham University

Co-Ordinator, Third Annual Allchin Symposium on the Archaeology of South Asia