Jamshedpur : National Metallurgical Laboratory ( NML), Jamshedpur is organising a five day ‘School on Characterisation and Conservation of Archaeological Objects’, targeting students and faculties in archaeology, culture and archaeomaterials.
Organized by the INAE Study Group it will continue from 13-17 October. The school will cover classroom lectures by leading experts in various areas of conservation and characterisation, experimental demonstrations and visual displays.
The list of topics/themes to be covered is as follows: The purpose of the school is to inspire and bring the youngsters to fore for the long term sustainability and growth of the discipline.
The selection of the participants will be on national basis. A total of 42 participants from 20 states of the country representing 22 organisation participated in the deliberations. The notable among them were Archaeological Survey of India, Dehradun; Heras Institute of Indian History & Culture, Mumbai; MRC & MCC, Patna Museum, Patna; Directorate of Archaeology, Assam, Guwahati.
While inaugurating the workshop Prof. S. Ranganathan, from NIAS, Bangalore said “A knowledge of the scientific basis of conservation as well as characterisation techniques are key to the systematic learning and practicing of this profession.” He expressed his happiness over the grand responds from all corners of the country.
Looking at the younger participants he said the young generation should act like the torch bearer of knowledge and conservation of our culture. Director, NML Dr. S. Srikanth said NML will provide the technical support to working conservationist and Museum specialist.
Dr. V. Jeyaraj, Director, Hepzibah Institute of Heritage Conservation, Chennai deliberated on the topics (1) Defects in Metal Art Objects and (2) Care and Conservation of Metal Objects.
Prof. S. Ranganathan spoke on the Coming of Archaeological Materials. Prof. Sharada Srinivasan from NIAS, Bangalore dealt with the topic Archeometallurgy (Brass and Bronze objects). She also showed to film on Aranmula mirror making and Swamimalai casting techniques. Dr. CM Nautiyal from Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow presented on Radiocarbon Dating: What, How and Why? There was an interaction session with participants.
The experts responded to the queries of the participants. The ‘INAE Study Group on Indian Engineering Heritage on Metallurgy’ was constituted in 1996 to carry out studies related to metallurgical heritage. Currently Dr. S. Srikanth, DirectorCSIR-NML Jamshedpur is the Chairman and Dr. N G Goswami, Convener of the Study Group. The Study Group is actively involved in promoting the cause of Indian heritage in metals and alloys as well as in the conservation of archaeological relics of the country.
Long term sustainability of these activities calls for building of human resources and an inter-disciplinary approach involving metallurgists, material scientists, historians and practicing archaeologists.