Brief of SOSAA Events (2009-2014)
Society of South Asian Archaeology (www.sosaa.org) was founded mainly by the Faculties of the Archaeology Department of Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute in 2005 to provide a dedicated platform for International scholar and budding young researchers in the field of South Asian Studies. The foundation was led by Prof. Vasant Shinde (India), Prof. Ishan Ali (Pakistan) and Prof. Sudarshan Senivaratne (Srilanka). It was created to deal with the Archaeology, Anthropology, History and Ethnography of Asia in general and South Asia in Particular. Some of the present office bearers of this Society is from the Department of Archaeology viz
All conferences, seminars, workshops and events under SOSAA are organized by the Faculty member of Archaeology Department.
Ancient Asia (www.ancient-asia-journal.com) is the online peer reviewed open access journal of SOSAA published by Ubiquity Press UK with ISSN 2042-5937. The Editorial Board of this journal also consist of Faculty members from the Department of Archaeology- Prof. Vasant Shinde. (Editor) and Dr. Amrita Sarkar, (Joint Editor)
The 3rd International Congress of SOSAA was held in Colombo, organized by the Centre for Asian Studies, University of Kelaniya in August 2010. The organizers welcomed more than 150 participants from countries like India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran, USA and Korea. With more than 135 lectures this Congress offered programs focusing on research activities in South Asia, especially on Sri Lanka, India, Iran and Pakistan. Participants presented their most recent and yet unpublished research papers on topics varying from Prehistory, Physical Anthropology, Environmental Archaeology, Proto and Early History, Settlement Archaeology, Maritime Archaeology, Industrial Archaeology, Art History, Ancient Architecture, Epigraphy, Heritage Management and Conservation, Ancient Technology and Computer Application, Religion, Trade, Folklore and Ethnology. There were other attractive programs like Book Exhibition and Artifact Exhibition that facilitated networking and promoted the exchange of ideas. The organizers also arranged a post conference tour to the magnificent Unesco World Heritage sites of Polonnaruva, Anuradhapura and Sigiriya.
The 4th International Congress of SOSAA was held in Zahedan, Iran organized by the Archaeological Sciences Research Centre of the University of Sistan and Baluchestan from 15th to 17th April 2012. The organizers welcomed more than 150 participants from countries like India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran, Japan, UK, Russia, Germany, Sweden and Thailand. With more than 100 lectures this Congress offered programs focusing on research activities in South Asia, especially Iran and India. Participants presented their most recent and yet unpublished research papers on topics varying from Theories and Methods in Archaeology, Stone Age Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Archaeology and Art of Islamic Period and Archaeology of the Persian Gulf. There were other attractive programs like Poster Exhibition and Theatrical Narrative of Neshat Garden Excavation. The organizers also arranged a post conference tour to the important archaeological sites of Sehr-i-Sokhta and Dahan-e-Ghuloman in Sistan.
The 1st Inter Congress of SOSAA was held in Bhopal, India from 13th -14th March 2012 on "Art and Archaeology of Madhya Pradesh: New Perspectives and Future Directions". This was organized by Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal in collaboration with Society of South Asian Archaeology. With more than 60 participants and 30 presentations, the conference offered extensive and intensive researches and fresh data not only by the eminent scholars, but also by young archaeologists and students on Art and Archaeology of Madhya Pradesh. This particular conference of SOSAA also acted and witnessed as a platform, the awarding of eminent archaeologist Padmashri Prof. M.K. Dhavalikar with the prestigious Dr. V.S. Wakankar Award 2011-2012 by the Hon'ble Minister of Culture, Shri Lakshmikant Sharma.
The 5th International Congress of SOSAA was held in Directorate of Culture and Archaeology, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Raipur from 15th to 18th of February, 2014. It was organized by Directorate of Culture and Archaeology, Govt. of Chhattisgarh in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology, Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur and the Society of South Asian Archaeology (SOSAA). The organizers welcomed more than 200 participants from countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iran, Japan, Korea and France. With more than 130 lectures this Congress offered programs focusing on research activities in South Asia with special reference to the Archaeology of Chhattisgarh. Participants presented their most recent and yet unpublished research papers on topics varying from Prehistory, Protohistory, Early History, Trade, Art and Architecture, Ethnoarchaeology, Sciences in Archaeology, Technology, Religion and Tourism, Heritage and Conservation. There were other attractive programs like Poster Exhibition and cultural programmes for delegates. The organizers also arranged a post conference tour to the heritage site of Sirpur, which was an important centre of Buddhism from 6th to 10th cent CE.
A one-day workshop entitled as "Water Management Past and Future- an Archaeological Perspective" organized by Society of South Asian Archaeology (SOSAA) was held in the Dept. of Archaeology, Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, Deemed University, Pune on 13th October, 2012. Water management is a global issue now, and this workshop was conceptualized in order to address this issue by using examples from archaeological perspective and also aimed at generating awareness regarding water management, water-related standardization, share knowledge and best practices and diffuse needed solutions. This is infact SOSAA's first workshop and the guiding principal behind this was a strong commitment to the society: that it is the duty of the archaeologist not only to describe the past, but to use such insights to change the present world.
The workshop was divided into two parts. The first session was the Talk session. We had two distinguished guests from Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipality Corporation viz, Mr. Pravin Ladkat and Mr. Ramdas Tambe both Executive Engineers of the city Municipality. They gave us very interesting talks and some mind boggling insights and data that acted as eye opener. Dr. P.D. Sable from our own Department also gave a very interesting talk on Rain Shed Harvesting. Prof. Vasant Shinde, one of the founders and General Secretary of SOSAA gave a talk on Ancient Water Management Technology and how that can help us in solving contemporary issues.
The second half was that of an interactive session. An exhibition was put up by the workshop committee of SOSAA using some of the archaeological collections and poster presentations related to water management and conservation in the Sankalia Memorial Hall of the Dept of Archaeology, Deccan College. This was followed by a competitive Fun Activity. Participants were provided with sheet of paper, pencil, erasor and colour crayons and asked to either make some illustration or write some message related to Water or Water Management issues. They were asked to be as imaginative, as creative or as weird they want to be. This was a competition and three prizes were to be given. The net result of this fun activity was so overwhelming, considering the ideas and talents of the participants, the Workshop committee chose 17 of these illustrations apart from prize winning ones to be put up in the website. The last but not the least was a street play enacted by the students of the Archaeology department called "Jal Nahi to Kal Nahi" (if there is no water there is no future). This was the real show stopper of the event and participants really enjoyed and learnt the best practices related to water management. A suggestion desk was also made to get feedback so that it helps the workshop committee to develop on those lines and come up with more of such events.
Ninety six people had registered for this workshop among which eighty two people had attended it which means that the workshop had more than 85% success rate. Participants came from Mumbai and Sholapur and also from different walks of life. SOSAA executive committee and workshop committee is thankful to all the participants and invited dignitaries for making this workshop a success.
SOSAA celebrated World Water Day on 23rd March 2013 at the department of Archaeology, Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute. On this occasion a special lecture was arranged by Dr. S. D. Limaye, Incharge of Association of Geologist for International Development (AGID) on Importance of Sustainable Management of Ground Water through Watershed Development and Percolation Tanks in Semi-Arid Basaltic Terrain in Western India and the Role of UNESCO-IUGS-IGCP Project. This was followed by a poster presentation by staff and students of the Department.
Venue- Convocation Hall., Department of Archaeology
Sosaa organized a talk to celebrate the World Water Day (22nd March) on 11th April 2015 @ Department of Archaeology, Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute. Dr. Ravindrasinh G Pardeshi, Principal,Fergusson College, Pune was the chief guest and delivered a talk on Importance of Water Management. The talk was followed by a poster presentation. The posters were created by the students of the Department of Archaeology as part of a poster competition on the theme Water Management- Past and Present. To encourage students for such events three cash prizes were awarded in the competition.