The Indian Archaeological Society (IAS)

The Indian Archaeological Society was founded way back in 1967 at Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi with the efforts of Prof. A.K. Narain, the then Head of the Department and several of his colleagues teaching in various Indian universities, like Prof. B.P. Sinha, then Head of the Ancient Indian History and Archaeology Department, Patna University, Prof. H.D. Sankalia, then Director, Deccan College, Pune and some promising young archaeologists. Afterwards Shri A. Ghosh, then Director General, Archaeological Survey of India and his colleagues in the Survey joined it. Society was established with an objective to provide a dedicated academic forum for discussion of archaeological problems and to promote and guide the studies of archaeology. Slowly and gradually it grew in membership in leaps and bound. In 1970 the Society moved to New Delhi. It has its own building and campus at B-17, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016 from where it is now operating.... For the last 50 years, the Society is engaged in archaeological and historical research and publications, including the prestigious annual journal ‘Puratattva’. It regularly holds annual conferences and seminars, workshops and symposia in which scholars from India and abroad actively participates. The Society also organizes memorial lectures from time to time and undertakes the project work and publications related to archaeological studies.
In due course of time, Society has also sponsored other journals such as Journal of Indian Ocean Archaeology and Purapravaha (in Hindi), a need for Hindi belt and History Today, annual journal of The History and Culture Society, sponsored organization of Indian Archaeological Society.
The Society is committed to reveal the true nature of ancient civilizations and perfect understanding of the past because the past belongs to all of us and must be fully understood and properly preserved for the future.
The Society firmly believes that the discipline of archaeology is highly scientific and in Indian context it can solve many historical problems.

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