IIT-Gandhinagar Archaeological Sciences Centre has introduced a Short Term Course cum Workshop on History, Science and Technology of Stone Beads. This course would train the students and researchers on the ways to study and analyze the stone beads which have been seen as an important markers in the reading on Indian History joining dots of past contacts, technology and trade. In the five day long workshop held by the institute, more than 80 participants would take part from all over the world.
According to IIT Gandhinagar Professor Alok Kumar Kanungo, who is responsible for coordinating and conducting the workshop said, “In terms of importance, stone beads stand only second to ceramics as its study enables archaeologists to understand ancient technology, trade and cultural contacts and science of ancient India. This course cum workshop aims to discuss the development of stone beads through the ages, literature/epigraphical references, typology, techniques and sciences involved in their study to interpret the pat technology with the help of the best available experts and scholars who are either archaeologists or scientists working in archaeology and allied disciplines.”
He further added that it would showcase our 5000 years old Indian cottage industry of stone bead making and would make its workers known to the rest of the world. This would take out the historical, ethnographical, scientific and technological sense of the people of that time to the rest of the world.
Students, researchers, faulty members from eight different countries including USA, England, Italy, Thailand, Iran, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh have taken part in the workshop. There would be six craftsmen who would work on to demonstrate the stone beads techniques to the people. An entire batch of the Archeological Survey of India would also attend the workshop.