Project Co-ordinator

 

Prof. Mayank N. Vahia

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai,India

 

TIFR participants

 

  Shrikant B. Janawlekar

  

  Nisha Yadav

 

Collaborators

 

  Aniket Sule, HBCSE, TIFR

 

  Srikumar M. Menon, Manipal University

 

  Naseer Iqbal, Kashmir University

 

  Riza Abbas, Numismatic Society, Nasik

 

 

Advisors and consultants

 

 

  Aijaz Bandey

 

 

  S. M. Chitre

 

 

  A. P. Jamkhedkar

 

 

  Iravatham Mahadevan

 

 

  J. V. Narlikar

 

 

  S. Ramadurai

 

 

  D. P. Roy

 

 

  Virendra Singh

 

 

  B. V. Subbarayappa

 

 

 

  This programme was reviewed recently by Director, TIFR. The report submitted to the committee is available here (Review Committee 2.pdf), while the report of the Review Committee is given here (Report for review 2010.pdf).

 

Learning about the ancients from their astronomy

More than 100,000 years ago, human beings first became aware of themselves and of their surroundings. They began to notice the ever-changing patterns of this world involving transformation from birth and growth to death. The heavens would have appeared as the most important agency that seemingly controlled this cycle by bringing light, warmth and water. Yet, beyond the clouds in the sky, there seemed to be a cycle of stars that was both, ever changing on daily basis and almost stable in the long term. Click here to read complete article

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Possible population groups in the subcontinent ~ 2000 BC

 

 

 

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Programme funded by

Jamsetji Tata Trust

 

Some of our interesting results

(Publications)

Oldest Supernova and sky chart

Search for ancient SN records

Design of Nakshatras, calculations of Tithis

Stone carvings of Astronomical significance

Unusual location of planets

Saptarshi Calendar

Assimilation of data from different fields

 

Problems that interest us

 

 

Megalithic Observatories

Stone Carvings and drawings

Harappan Script

Panchangas

Temple Architecture

Evolution of cultures

Ancient Astronomical records

 

Archives

  Video link of Dr. Vahias visit to Gond villages to study their interpretation of stars

  PDF extract of Aspects of Gond Astronomy in Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage.

 

 

Recent events

   Future of past

 

   Workshop on Instruments in Physical Sciences and Archeology March 19-21, 2012

 

   Discussion meeting on using Carbon tuned AMS (CAMS) April 9-10, 2013 a report

 

 

Archaeo Astronomy in Indian Context

 

A TIFR project funded by Jamshetji Tata Trust