Bio-cultural Studies on Ancient Indian Human Populations

The Indian sub-continent provides an excellent array of human skeletons belonging to various cultural phases, representing a wide temporal span of the last 10,000 years. The cultural levels represented by these populations include a rich spectrum from the nomadic hunting-gathering Mesolithic, urbanized Harappan, early agro-pastoral Neolithic / Chalcolithic, Iron-Age Megalithic and medieval/historic and of recent origin. However, research potential of human skeletal evidence is largely overlooked in Indian archaeology and anthropology. Moreover most of the research is published in Indian journals, and therefore inaccessible to many western scholars.

Well-wishers of the subject have proposed a Forum for Bio-cultural Studies on Ancient Indian Human Populations which is named as "ADIMANAV" (meaning 'ancient human' in Sanskrit) primarily for creating awareness of the nature of bygone Indian human populations on the global platform. Broader aim is to promote advanced scientific research on human populations for understanding the bio-cultural perspectives of human evolution and variation across time and space in the sub-continent.

The Forum is a non-profitable informal medium, to be run exclusively with the voluntary contributions of the well-wishers. There is no formal membership for the Forum. Any scholar interested in bio-cultural studies on ancient Indian populations is welcome to join the Forum as a Patron.

Academic and monetary donations...... welcome!

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