A prestigious research project titled “Archaeo-Metallurgy Investigations of the Coins of Gujarat Ancient to Medieval Period” has been awarded to the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, The Faculty of Arts, and Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Technology & Engineering, through the Science and Heritage Research Initiative (SHRI) programme of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.
The objective of this project is to study the archaeo-metallurgical analysis of the ancient coins recovered through archaeological excavations and the coins produced by ancient metallurgy in Gujarat and India. It is to understand technology, economic and social development from chemical analysis, to intensive research into the composition of ancient alloys of our country’s heritage from ancient times.
The Principal instigators Professor Sushmita Sen, Head, from the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Dr Sunil Kahar, Assistant Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and Dr Urmi Ghosh Biswas, Assistant Professor, Department of Archaeology Ancient History receive the project with a grant of Rs 78.15 lakh for a period of three years.
The Microscopic examination will shed light on the metallurgical techniques of ancient and medieval times, the study of quality of alloys and the rich heritage of Gujarat’s ancient era trade and economy.