The need for a National Archaeological database

Gupta, Ekta and Das, Sonia and Suganya, Kuili and Chittirai, Balan and Kumar, Viraj and Rajani, MB (2017) The need for a National Archaeological database. Current Science, 113 (10). pp. 1961-1973. ISSN 0011-3891

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Abstract: India’s economic development is evident in its industrial growth, extensive transportation network, and rapidly expanding cities, towns and villages. While this growth has numerous positive aspects, it also has the potential to cause irrevocable damage (directly or indirectly) to rich archaeological heritage of the country. The present study makes three contributions. First, it examines several archaeological sites where economic developmental activities have caused significant damage. Second, it demonstrates how the risk of further damage can be minimized using geospatial solutions to protect and manage such sites. Third, it conceptualizes a framework for incorporating spatial and non-spatial knowledge of archaeological sites into a National Archaeological Database. We propose that this national archive should be made publicly accessible under the Digital India programme, where it can assist decision makers (development authorities, state departments, etc.) and help citizens plan for future economic growth while preserving the fragile remnants of our past.
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Keywords: Archaeological database, economic development,geospatial solutions, protection of heritage sites
Subjects: School of Humanities > Archaeology
Programmes > Heritage Science and Society Programme > Remote Sensing and Archaeology
Programmes > Heritage Science and Society Programme
Divisions: Schools > Humanities
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 05:18
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2017 05:52
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    Funders: ISRO, Karnataka Knowledge Commission, SERB DST Young Scientist Scheme, Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council, and Prof. Frederick Asher (University of Minnesota, USA)
    Projects: UNSPECIFIED
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/1374

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