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INHCRF undertakes it’s archaeological through its sub division Indian Rock Art Research Centre (IRARC). This involves exploration, systematic survey and documentation of archaeological sites and monuments. So far, the Centre has undertaken such work in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka
Excavation of Archaeological Sites
Indian Rock Art Research Centre in collaboration with Dr. Sheila Mishra of Deccan College Postgraduate Research Institute, Pune, carried out excavations at the Acheulian site of Astoli Nala, in district Bundi. Subsequently, the excavated material was sorted, cleaned and analysed. Report on the excavation has been finalized.Test pits were laid in the alluvial tracts along the banks of river Mez in district Bundi to understand the geological context of Microliths.
Exploration of Prehistoric Sites
From 2005 onwards IRARC has carried out archaeological explorations in various districts of Rajasthan such as Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Sikar, Alwar, Jhunjhunu, Nagour, Jaipur, Kota, Bundi, Bhilwara, Jhalawar , Udaipur and  in parts of Northern Gujarat in order to discover Prehistoric and Rock art sites. The emphasis was given on the sites and areas which bear evidence of Middle Palaeolithic and Upper Palaeolithic transition phase in the Aravallies. Systematic surface collection from these sites includes artefacts such as handaxes, cleavers, retouched and un-retouched flakes, knives, picks, cores etc. Microlithic artefacts from these areas include retouched blades, triangles, trapezes, lunates, thumbnail borers, burins, perforators, various types of cores etc. A few Ostrich egg shell pieces recovered from a few sites makes our collection special.
Survey and Exploration of Ancient Sites
In recent years Indian Rock Art Research Centre has conducted exploration and documentation of habitation mounds of Chalcolithic, Historical and Medieval period in the state of Rajasthan. Surface collection of archaeological material from these sites includes pottery, terracotta objects, bangles, beads etc.
Documentation of Sepulchral & Memorial Stones and Monuments
In order to understand the ancient burial practices and salvage the least known memorial monuments and burials that are facing risk of destruction mainly because of unplanned development and landscape modification, Indian Rock Art Research Centre has conducted photographic documentation and survey of hundreds of memorial stones, hero stones, sati stones, menhirs, dolmens, stone alignments, cairns and stone circles in the state of Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
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