Smriti Haricharan

Assistant Professor

PhD (2010) Archaeology/Geo-Archaeology, Anna University, Chennai

MA (2005): Experimental Archaeology, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

MA (2004): Archaeology, University of Madras, Chennai, India

BA (2002): History of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting, Stella Maris College, Chennai, India


2017-2021: Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science campus, Bangalore Department of History, School of Humanities and Social Science, Shiv Nadar University

2015-2016 : Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science campus, Bangalore Department of History, School of Humanities and Social Science, Shiv Nadar University

2014-2015 : Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow, Anthropology Department, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

2011-2014 : Post-Doctoral Associate, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science campus, Bangalore

2010-2011 : National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science campus, Bangalore

Field Work Experience

  • Field Director for excavation and exploration. March 2019. Iron Age-Early historic landscape of Siruthavoor and Amoor, Chennai.

  • Field Director for exploration survey. July-August, 2012. Karimnagar District of Telagana, Andhrapradesh, to understand Iron age landscape with specific reference to megalithic burials

  • Field Crew in excavation. August-September, 2008. Excavated Megalithic burials at Siruthavoor, Kanchipuram District, Chennai, in project in which Dept of Geology Anna University, Chennai collaborated with ASI Chennai circle.

  • Field Crew in exploration survey, 2007. Dr. Parth Chauhan (Field Director) on the Ganga valley, Madhya Pradesh, India.

  • Field Crew in exploration survey and Lab assistant, 2007. Hemanth Kadambi (Field Director) on Chalukya pottery from Aihole, Karnataka, India.

  • Field Crew in excavation, February-March 2006. February 2008, February 2009 conducted by Dr.Michael Petraglia (Field Director) and Dr. Ravi Korisettar (Field Director) in Karnool, Andhrapradesh and Sanganakallu, Karnataka (

  • Field Crew in excavation, 2005. Dr. Gill Julleff (Field Director) on Exmoor of An Iron Age platform, Devon, UK.

  • Field Crew in excavation, 2004. Department of Archaeology, University of Madras at Palur, early historical period site. Chennai, India.

Research Interests: 

Iron Age-Early Historic Archaeology, Popular perceptions and relationships with the past, Landscape Archaeology, Contemporary Archaeology, Experimental Archaeology

Courses Taught: 

Field Methods in Archaeology for Undergraduate students Reading between the lines: perceptions in the media of archaeology for Undergraduate students 

Introduction to Archaeology for undergraduate students 

Reading landscape through archaeology and ecology Co instructor K.Tamma, Azim Premji University, Bangalore 

Contemporary archaeology -Monsoon 2020: Spaces of Power in past landscapes  


Haricharan S. 2016. Siruthavoor An Iron Age-Early Historical burial Site, Tamil Nadu, South India. Archaeopress. UK.

Morrison K D, Sinopoli C M, Wilcox Black K, Trivedi M, Bauer A, Lycett M, Haricharan S, Bates J and Reddy S. (In press). From the Southern Neolithic to the Iron Age: a View from Kadebakele. In Korisettar R (edt).  Beyond Stones and More Stones, volume 3, Bangalore: Mythic Society. 

Haricharan S, Nalini N.S, Srinivasan S and Ranganthan S. 2020. Fort walls and moats at Vallam, Thanjavur: Exploring them using satellite images. Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology (7): 195-210.

Haricharan, S. 2019. Localizing the Different Faces of Archaeological Landscapes in South India. Public Archaeology: 1-15.

Haricharan S.  2019. Taking Archaeological concepts outside the Social Science class in Indian schools. Exarc Journal (

Haricharan S, Nagabhooshan, Srinivasan S, Rajani M B and Ranganathan S. 2016. Insights on locating iron production sites in Telangana using satellite imagery. Current Science 111(9): 1536-1543.

Haricharan S and Keerthi N. 2014. Can the tinai help understand the Iron Age Early Historic landscape of Tamilnadu?. World Archaeology 46(5): 641-660.

Haricharan S, Achyuthan H and Suresh N. 2013. Situating Megalithic burials in the Iron Age-Early Historical landscape of southern India. Antiquity (87): 1–15

Haricharan S and Achyuthan H. 2013. Post depositional processes and the appearance of megalithic burials at Siruthavoor.Indian Journal Of Physical Anthropology and Human Genetics for a special volume on Indian prehistory and paleoanthropology [Guest editor: Prof. D.K. Bhattacharya] 32(1): 143-162

Haricharan S and Achyuthan H. 2012. TheMegalithic Burial Potteries of Siruthavoor: Micromorphology inMultifaceted studies in South Asian Archaeology. S. Rama Krishna Pisipaty  (Edt) BAR S2361, Arpitam. Festschrift for Professor Vidula Jayaswal:107-112


Haricharan S. 2021. Burial patterns on the IA-EH landscape: A view from Siruthavoor, Tamilnadu. (Webinar) Iron Age in South Asia, Department of Archaeology, Kerala University (1-4 March)

Haricharan S. and Upadhyay C. 2020. Reimagining the urban: The present and the past, NIAS-INTACH webinar series (24 June)

Haricharan S. 2020. Craft specialization and mass production of bronze and brass images. Craft and Sustainability in South Asia workshop, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi (5-6 March)

Turner C and Haricharan S. 2020. The politics of performance in the urban periphery. Heritage for Global challenges conference. Lebanon (24-26 February)

Haricharan S, Kadambi H and Das R.2019. A critique of analogy in Indian archaeological discourse and practice, 24th Theoretical Archaeology Group, Syracuse, USA , (3-6 May)

Haricharan S, Morrison K and Lycett M.2018. Mapping the history of Iron Age-Early Historical burials of South India, 24th International Conference of the  European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art (EASAA) Naples, Italy, (2-6 July)

Haricharan S. 2017. Big stones and small pebbles: which matters more?, Centre for Ecological Science, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (15 February)

Haricharan S. 2015. Mapping the Iron Age-Early Historical Burials of North Tamil Nadu, Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop, University of Chicago, Chicago, (March 12)

Haricharan S. 2012. Developing interdisciplinary applications in archaeometallurgy and geo spatial archaeology. University Of Exeter, Exeter, UK

Haricharan S and Lawson A. 2011. The viability of adjusting the Portable Antiquity Scheme in the Indian context. International Association for Asian Heritage (IAAH), Colombo, Sri Lanka


29March -1 April 2021 EAC12 Hotspot hours #37: Experimental Archaeology at NIAS. Online Conference Experimental Archaeology, EXARCH, UK. Local organizer Haricharan S ( 8

10-25 June 2020Back and Forth in Time: Lectures on the south Indian past. Webinar Organizer Haricharan S and Dr. Meera Iyer, Convener, INTACH, Bangalore chapter (

January 2 -6 2020 Research Methods Workshop in archaeology. At Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai Conceptualized and instructor Haricharan S Collaborator: Prof. Venkatachalapathy, MIDS

July 24-25 2019 Conference on Relevance of Indian archaeology Organizer Haricharan S

July 26 2019 Student workshop on Research methods in archaeology Organizer Haricharan S

July 24-25 2019 Art Exhibition on Art and Archaeology Curated by Haricharan S, Vijayshree S and Srivatsa R

March 10 2018 (10 weeks). Science in Archaeology: A Short Course INTACH and NIAS co organized a public course Conceptualized and instructor Haricharan S and Chakravarty S

April 1-June 30 2017. Learning Archaeology of Learning from Archaeology? INTACH and NIAS co organized a public course Conceptualized and instructor Haricharan S

April 25- 26 2014. Workshop titled 'Introduction to archaeology and the megaliths.' INTACH, Bangalore Haricharan S

February 2013. Scientific methods in archaeology. in Advance Exploration Training for PGDA Students of Institute of Archaeology, ASI, New Delhi, in Badami, Karnataka, India Haricharan S and Girbal B

February 2010. Sessions and Practical’s in Experimental Archaeology. UK India Education Research Initiative & Exeter University. In National Institute of advanced studies, IISc campus, Bangalore, India. Haricharan S-co anchor



2015- Survey and excavation of Amoor: Iron Age Early Historic site in Kancheepuram District, Tamilnadu (Haricharan S)

2020-2021 Cultural Heritage Transformations of Weddings and Marriage among Women in the Tamil and Parsi diaspora communities in India and the UK (Daboo J and Haricharan S) funded by AHRC, UK and ICHR, India

2019-2020 Understanding the past: Intervention through dissemination (Haricharan S) funded by Sundaram Finance Pvt. Lmt

2020-2022 Understanding the past: Intervention through dissemination- phase II The artisanal practices of the potters of Pottery Town, Bengaluru (Haricharan S) funded by Sundaram Finance Pvt. Lmt


2017-2019 Disseminating Archaeology: talking about archaeological methods (Haricharan S) funded by Sundaram Finance

2012-2014 Implications of Satellite Imagery on Cultural Heritage Resource Management funded by Indian Space Research Organisation (S. Ranganathan and Sharada Srinivasan, co-directors) (Haricharan S Postdoctoral Fellow)

2013 - 2014 Understanding the built heritage and government policies (JnNURM scheme) in Mysore, Karnataka (Haricharan S research consultant)

2011-2013 System of voluntary registering of Portable Antiquities in India and UK (Haricharan S and Lowson A co directors)

2011-2014 Survey and Documentation of iron age-early historic period burials and habitation sites in Karimnagar District, Andhrapradesh, India (Haricharan S and Jaikishan S - co directors)


Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellow: September 2014 - September 2015.

USIEF: Creating a Viable Methodology to Interpret the Landscape History of the Iron Age-early Historic Period of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

Co-Principal Investigator: Stein Arnold Grant, UK. Project: Foundations of Industry: exploring the Iron Age-Early Historic landscape of the steel-making region of Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh. Period: 2013-2015

Co-Principal Investigator: Indian Council of Historical Research, Research Project Grant. Project: Archaeological Exploration of Early Historic culture in Karimnagar District, Telangana. Period: May 2013-May 2015

UK Visiting Fellowship. December 2011-February 2012. Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Project: The viability of adjusting the Portable Antiquity Scheme in the Indian context 5