Topic ID #39026 - posted 12/12/2017 3:56 PM

India- Himalayan Myths & Reality Archaeological Field School 2018


Historical archaeology studies material culture with the aid of historical records. Written records contextualize materiality but may or may not corroborate archaeological evidence. Kullu valley lies in the heart of the Himalayas in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh and is rich in archaeological sites and historical records relating to the sites. The valley is a focal point for many ancient myths in the Himalayas. As texts were frequently revised and chronologically problematic, an assessment of myths and their reality cannot be done on the basis of textual sources alone. There is an absence of early historic excavated sites in the valley, therefore, a historical archaeology and applied anthropological approach is useful for the study of religious art, architecture, oral traditions within the context of the landscape. Such an approach aids in evaluating the manifestation of myths and their reality in the Kullu valley.

The research goals aim at understanding the role of myths in the Kullu valley and how they influence architecture, rituals and use of space. The project will also help understand the interaction of contemporary people with sacred sites in the Himalayas where such myths are depicted and form a part of their daily life.

·         Course Dates: July 15-August 15, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $4,410

·         Course Type: Cultural Anthropology, Ethnography

·         Instructors: Dr. Sonali Gupta-agarwal, Dr. Parth Chauhan


The housing facilities are comfortable and scenic. The location is nestled on a sprawling green hill filled with Himalayan pine, fir and fruit trees. The students will be housed in cottages where each room can accommodate two individuals who will share a bathroom. Each cottage has internet connectivity, television, a common kitchen with refrigerators, hot solar powered water 24×7 and beautiful views. Bedding will be provided. Students are free to stroll within the perimeter of the property. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the common dining area at designated hours. The cooks are equipped to cook a variety of food options both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, local and International cuisine and can easily accommodate vegans or lactose intolerant meals. The cooks would need to know dietary restrictions and preferences beforehand to accommodate diets. Beef is the only item which will not be provided.

ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.


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