Dr. Tosabantha Padhan

Dr. Tosabantha Padhan

Teaching Fellow
School of Historical Studies

Dr. Tosabanta Padhan is a Teaching Fellow at Nalanda University with a diverse academic background in Archaeology. He has conducted fieldwork, stone tool analysis, and experimental flintknapping at institutions in India, Europe, and Africa. He has a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Deccan College. Post Graduate & Research Institute, Pune, and Master’s degrees from Sambalpur University and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal. His research interests include Field Archaeology. Prehistoric Archaeology. Experimental Lithic Knapping, Rock Art, Ethnoarchaeology, Early Historic Archaeology. Digital Archaeology, and Remote Sensing application in Archaeology.

Dr. Padhan has over ten years of teaching and research experience. He has served as an Assistant Professor at the College of Arts and Social Sciences in Adi-keih, Erirea(Africa). North Eastern Hills University, Meghalaya, and the University of Mumbai (Online).He has also taught as a visiting teaching Professor at Pandit Dindayal Institute of Archaeology of the Archaeological Survey of India. He did his Postdoctoral Research at the Archaeological Sciences Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, and cohost Institute, Flinders University (Australia), and worked as Post Doc in a Joint Indo-Israeli collaborative project at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali and Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Padhan has been awarded with the ‘Erasmus Mundus Scholarship’ for International Master’s and recipient of H.D. Sankalia Young Archaeologist Award. He was awarded Indian Council of Historical Research (1CHR) fellowship for Doctoral research and UGC-ISF sponsored Post Doctoral Fellowships at IISER, Mohali, and SPAR funded Post Doctoral Fellowship at IIT, Gandhinagar, India. He has also received a small-scale research grant from the Nehru Trust Fellowship for Indian collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum. His publications include 28 research papers, 40 conference presentations, 21 invited lectures, conducted I1 lithic Stone tools knapping workshops at various universities and institutes worldwide, and authored a book on ‘Prehistoric Archaeology of Central Eastern India: Jonk river’.

At Nalanda University, Dr. Padhan offers courses on History and Archaeology, Prehistory and Protohistory of South Asia, Birth of Civilizations in Asia, Historical Archaeology, Digital Humanities, and History of Indian Science and Technology. He has made valuable field contributions by discovering new sites in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Gujarat, and recently in Bihar, India.

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