Assistant Professor

Dedicated to Archaeological Research in Himalayan region of Kashmir covering the Neolithic to early historic archaeology with more focus on Indo-Greek, Kushan, and later cultural periods.

Guest Professor, EPHE, PSL University, Paris France, 2023.

Assistant Secretary, Society of South Asian Archaeology

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  • Administrative position Held Curator, Central Asian Museum, Academic Counsellor PG program Archaeology
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Research Papers Published

  • "Petroglyphs of Zanaskar, India: Findings of 2016 Season" Archaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia, 46(2): 60 -67 {ISSN: 1563-0110} Impact Factor=
  • "New evidence from the Kashmir Valley indicates the adoption of East and West Asian crops in the western Himalayas by 4400 years ago" Quaternary Sciences Advances, 2(0): DOI No. {ISSN: 2666-0334} Impact Factor= 0
  • "Palaeoenvironmental proxies indicate long-term development of agro-pastoralist landscapes in Inner Asian mountains" Scientific Reports (Nature), 12(554): DOI No. {ISSN: 20452322} Impact Factor= 5.570
  • "Cereal size, AMS and charcoal data from phase 1 of the Kashmir Prehistory Project" Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 42(7): DOI No. {ISSN: 2352-409X} Impact Factor= 3.216
  • "Semthan: A Hellenistic outpost in Kashmir Himalaya" Studia Hercynia, 25(2): 136 -149 {ISSN: 1212-5865} Impact Factor=

Books Published

  • "Revisiting Himalayan Boderlands: A Bridge between India and Central Asia". JayKay Publishers, new Delhi/Srinagar. {ISBN: 9788194605515} pp 361
  • "Peopling and Cultural Spread: Studies in South Asian Archaeology". Dev Publishers; New Delhi. {ISBN: 9789394852440} pp 258

Research Projects Details:

Title of the ProjectFunding AgencyDatedAmount (in Rs.)
Archaeological Studies of Migration Routes from Central Asia to Kashmir (Excavations at Ahan, Ganderbal district, Kashmir valley)Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Germany06-09-20179,000,000.00
Documentation of Wooden Khanqahs in KashmirOxford Brookes University, United Kingdom18-11-202215,654,635.00


DepartmentSubjectCourse TaughtSemester
Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS)Ph.D.Course work + Specialised papers (Archaeology)1
Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS)P. G. ArchaeologyAncient Indian History3
Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS)P. G. ArchaeologyMuseum Management3
Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS)P. G. ArchaeologyEthnoarchaeology4
Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS)P. G. ArchaeologyCultural Heritage Management4
Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS)P. G. ArchaeologyDissertation4