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Brexit, what does it mean for students? Advice and Analysis.

(The original articles was written for and published by the Cambridge University Graduate Union. Link here) The following short article provides an outline on the current understanding of Brexit and its implications for students, as well as guidelines and advices for the next months. What does Brexit mean ? The term is an amalgamation of… Continue reading Brexit, what does it mean for students? Advice and Analysis.

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Being an LGBTQ+ grad student and researcher in Cambridge: a journey to become a role model.

Alessandro Ceccarelli, University of Cambridge(original article available here) “Our colleagues make homophobic jokes at meetings, but nobody really says anything - they are just jokes! We do not talk about gender and sexuality at work. People do not talk about their sexuality all the time, why should we?”  Comments like these welcomed me when I arrived… Continue reading Being an LGBTQ+ grad student and researcher in Cambridge: a journey to become a role model.

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Archaeological Research in India : From Cambridge to the Indus Civilisation

The original Blog Post can be found at the following link: https://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/news/archaeological-research-in-india For my PhD research, under the supervision of Dr Cameron Petrie, Prof Charly French and Dr Patrick Quinn, I am working on producers, crafts and technologies of the Indus Civilisation (2500–1900 BC) in northwest India. Simply put, I spend a lot of time… Continue reading Archaeological Research in India : From Cambridge to the Indus Civilisation

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A belated update before 2019 gets going

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TwoRains at EASAA in Naples (2-6 July), Trinity College (Cambridge; 17 Oct) and the Ancient India and Iran Trust (30 Nov-1 Dec)

Hello everyone,

Apologies for the ‘radio silence’ since the summer – we have been busy with conferences, workshops and symposium and unfortunately not posting about it, so a bit of an update is overdue.

In the first week of July (2-6 July to be precise), a number of the TwoRains team travelled to Naples to attend the 24th conference of the European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art. This biennial conference is the premiere European conference on the art and archaeology of South Asia, and brings together researchers from across South Asia, Europe, Asia and North America. The EASAA has traditionally had one or more days devoted to papers on the Indus Civilisation, so it was an ideal venue for us to present an overview…

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Ethnoarchaeology of crafts in villages in north-west India

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Hi again – Alessandro here.  After spending 4 months in India, studying ancient ceramic artefacts and working on the excavation at Lohari Ragho (link), Haryana, I am finally back in Cambridge, with plenty of samples. As mentioned in a previous blogpost (link), I spent several weeks at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, looking at cultural material from a few Indus sites. However, I also had the chance to leave the laboratory and take a break from Bronze Age people, and talk to modern communities of crafters – more specifically traditional potters –  who live in small-size villages in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, North Western India.

My ethnographic, or ethno-technological, research is helping me think about archaeological questions and problems related to issues of rural ceramic production and regional networks of crafters. There are many aspects of ancient ceramic industries in South Asia that can benefit from research…

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The City of Gods and Ancient Indus Craft Traditions

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Hi again – it is Alessandro. I am currently writing from India, more specifically from Varanasi, an exceptional city in Uttar Pradesh, Northern India.

You might say, “Wait a second – there is no Indus settlement in Varanasi! What are you doing there?” The answer is simple: I am studying ceramic artefacts – of course! – at one of the largest universities of India and Asia. For a few months, I have been working at BHU, Banaras Hindu University, where archives of excavations undertaken by the Land, Water and Settlement project (see here) and TwoRains project (see here) are kept.

blog 150817 2.jpg Sunset by the Ganges, Varanasi (5:15am)

In the first part of this blog post, I would like to introduce you to the fascinating location that is hosting me (the ‘City of Gods’); then, I will take you back to the Indus Civilisation, providing an overview of my work…

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