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  • julia.shaw@ucl.ac.uk
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Julia Shaw

Research Interests

  • Archaeology of South Asia;  Early Buddhism and Hinduism
  • South Asian art and architecture; South Asian rock-art
  • Archaeology of Religion and Ritual; Medicine and Healing;  Suffering and well-being
  • Archaeology and Environmental Humanities, Environmental Ethics, and Environmental Health; Religion, Nature and Ecology
  • Environmental and climatic change; Land-use, water and irrigation
  • Urbanisation and state formation
  • Sectarianism, politics and archaeology
  • Landscape and survey archaeology; Geographical Information Systems; Satellite remote-sensing
  • Archaeology of 'Natural Places'

Research Directory Records

Current and Previous Projects and Grants

Current and Previous Research Groups

 Academic Posts

  • 2005-Current. Lecturer in South Asian Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology.
  • 2002-2005. British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University; Junior Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford University.
  • 2002. Visiting Research Fellow and Lecturer, Archaeology Center and Center of Buddhist Studies, Stanford University, California.

 Educational Background

  • 1998-2001. PhD Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Thesis title: The Sacred Geography of Sanchi hill: The Archaeological Setting of Buddhist Monasteries in Central India .
  • 1996-1997. Mphil World Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Dissertation title: India’s Sacred Landscape: The Elements of Archaeological Continuity, Ritual Contestation, and the Invention of Antiquity at Ayodhya, North India.
  • 1990-1993. BA Hindi and Religious Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Dissertation title: The Tree and the Axial pillar in Indian Mythology, Art, and Architecture.

First Supervisor

  • Alessandro Ceccarelli From Harappa to Aryavarta: the Painted Grey Ware and the link between the Late Harappan and Proto-Historic cultures in North-Western India (Second Supervisor: Patrick Quinn)

Second Supervisor

  • Raminder Kaur Cultural and environmental variation in Neolithic of South Asia: A comparative perspective on the archaeobotany of the Southern Neolithic (principal supervisor Dorian Fuller)
  • Ellie Kingwell Banham Early rice agricultural systems in India (principal supervisor Dorian Fuller)

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