Rajesh Poojari

Name: Rajesh Anand Poojari

Email: ph18067@iisermohali.ac.in; rap_poojari@hotmail.com

Name of the supervisor: Dr Parth R. Chauhan

Research Focus :
Archaeological conservation of rock art: With the emphasis on material technology, its scientific analysis, on-site steps for conservation-preservation and after-care of the rock art from some of the sites in Hoshangabad and Sehore District of Madhya Pradesh. Few scientific works have been done on the rock art in India due to inadequate sampling methods. Many samples get contaminated during the process many times for analysing the mineral pigments used in rock art that can tell us the age of paintings, materials used, and practices by artists of that period. In recent years, the use of modern analytical techniques to investigate rock art pigments has been expanding, and I’m going to apply such techniques that have been used at sites in India and around the world. The types of archaeological information that can be extracted from the analysis of specimens collected from the rock art at their respective sites and their methodologies will be discussed through some of the notable work done. A review will be provided for the applicability of the techniques used for primary analysis and structural characterisation of rock art pigments and how future technological developments will influence the discipline and will be implemented in my research area.

Websites: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=An9EoEkAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao                              

M.A. (Archaeology), [Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, MH]
M.A. (Ancient Indian History and Culture), [St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai, MH, Mumbai University]
B.Com. (Accountancy and Economics), [Lala Lajpat Rai College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, MH/ Mumbai University]
Diploma (Software Engineering), [GNIIT, NIIT Academy, Mumbai]
Diploma (Capacity Development programme in Built Heritage Studies & Conservation), [An initiative of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Mumbai, The Mumbai Metropolitan Region-Heritage Conservation Society and Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai]
IISER Mohali Institute Fellowship – SRF

Title of the thesis:
Preserving and Understanding Rock Art through Multidisciplinary Fieldwork and Lab Work on Select Sites in Central India, Madhya Pradesh

Selected Publications:

Poojari, R.A. and Chauhan, P.R., 2020. Preliminary report of a new rock art site-complex at Mandikhoh in the Hoshangabad District, Madhya Pradesh. Rock Art Society of India – Purakala Vol. 24, pp. 55-62. ISSN 0971-2143.
Dalal, K.F., Kale, S and Poojari, R., 2015. Four Gadhegals Discovered in District Raigad, Maharashtra. 2015. Ancient Asia, 6: 1, pp. 1-6, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/aa.12320
Dalal, K.F., Poojari, R. and Shinde, A., 2015. Further Explorations at Mahim, Mumbai. The proceedings of the second annual workshop on Explorations in Maharashtra, 2019, pg 61-63, ISBN 978-81-932316-2-3
Poojari, R. and Shinde, A., 2014. Early Medieval Remains from Mahim, Mumbai. The proceedings of the workshop on Explorations in Maharashtra, 2017, pg 71-78, ISBN 13-978-81-932316-0-9