Oxford University Collaborates with KCHR

Published on: 26 Dec, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

25 December 2013


For the Pattanam Excavations the Oxford University have collaborated with the Kerala Council for Historical Research that will be represented in the excavations, which enters the eighth consecutive year, by Chris Gosden, one of the leading archaeology researchers in the world and director of the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford, and Wendy Morrison, assistant director, Dorchester Project, Oxford University.

This is for the first time in the history of post-Independent India that Oxford University is collaborating with an Indian institution on such a research project, KCHR Director P.J. Cherian said here on Tuesday.

Dr. Cherian said the Government of India had granted licence to him as Director of the KCHR for carrying out the excavations for the eighth year running as recommended by the Standing Committee of the Central Advisory Board of Archaeology of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The Pattanam research activities would be carried out in collaboration with 14 leading institutions in the country, including the ASI, Thrissur circle, CCMB, Hyderabad, Deccan College, Pune, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, Tamil University, Thanjavur, NIAS, Bangalore, and IIT, Roorkee.

The KCHR and Oxford University had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in April 2010 when a six-member Oxford University team led by Nicole Boivin of the School of Archaeology visited the Pattanam site and the KCHR.

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