Vārtā, a dialogue about "Sapiens in South Asia"

Sapiens in South Asia

  • Date: Mar 29, 2023
  • Time: 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: 1. Prof. Sheila Mishra; 2. Prof. P. Ajithprasad; 3. Prof. Ravi Korisettar; 4. Dr. Bishnupriya Basak
  • 1. Retired professor of geoarchaeology and the Head of Department of the Department of Archaeology, Deccan College, Pune, India; 2. Retired professor and former head,Department of Archaeology & Ancient History, The M. S. University of Baroda; 3. ICHR Senior Academic Fellow, Dharwad, India; 4. Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta, India
  • Location: Zoom
  • Host: Department of Archaeology
  • Contact: gjha@shh.mpg.de
Vārtā, a dialogue about "Sapiens in South Asia"
Paleo Talks and MPI-GEA is delighted to present “Vārtā”(Sanskrit noun for dialogue), a panel discussion that will discuss current narratives of Modern human arrival and evolution in Indian Subcontinent. This webinar is to be held on 29th March 2023 at 18:00 hrs (IST). The panel comprises of Prof. P. Ajithprasad, Dr Bishnupriya Basak, Prof. Ravi Korisettar and Prof. Sheila Mishra. The discussion is a part of Paleo Talk lecture series “Sapiens in South Asia: Multi-faceted Story of Peopling in Indian Subcontinent.” The series aims to decentralize the story of human evolution and discuss current narratives of modern human arrival and expansion in Indian subcontinent.

Recent archaeological and genetic research postulate South Asia as a key region on the proposed dispersals route of Modern Human expansion. Despite the importance of the region, however, archaeological data from South Asia rarely feature in discussions of human evolution, and little attempt has been made to bring South Asia's archaeological record to bear on discussions of its unique population dynamics. In last 8 sessions of “Sapiens in South Asia”, we have discussed different strands of evidence in regard to modern human arrival and expansion in Indian subcontinent, ranging from fossils, genetics, archaeology to paleoecology.

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