Bridget Allchin: Pioneering Prehistorian of South Asian Archaeology

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In celebration of Bridget Allchin’s 90th birthday by Danika Parikh, University of Cambridge Archaeologist Bridget Allchin was born Bridget Gordon on February 10th, 1927. Inspired by the work of W.J. Sollas, Bridget had nursed an ambition to study prehistory since childhood; she decided to go to university but made what she calls ‘the disappointing discovery’ that in Britain archaeology was not taught as a first degree subject at the time. She opted instead for a degree at UCL that included Ancient History, spending her Easter break excavating a prehistoric site …

‘Restoration of the Palaces of the Western side of the platform at Nimroud’, lithograph from drawing by Baynes, supervised by James Fergusson, ca. 1850, from A.H. Layard, A second series of the monuments of Nineveh (London, 1853), plate 1

‘Nineveh’ in Bombay and Histories of Indian Archaeology

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In connection with her talk ‘Nineveh’ in Bombay and Histories of Indian Archaeology at the Ancient India & Iran Trust on 21 October, Sudeshna Guha has kindly allowed us to repost her article on the same subject which was originally published by Scroll.in on 13 December 2015 A little-known 19th-century history of “Nineveh” in Bombay provides a glimpse of the many new histories, which collections, and their visualisation and displays, allow us to establish. It also underlines the importance of noting the ways in which we establish historical evidence, and …

Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology

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Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology 2-3 December 2016, Cambridge VENUE: The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, & The Ancient India and Iran Trust About the Symposium The Annual Allchin Symposium on South Asian Archaeology was established to commemorate the work of Raymond and Bridget Allchin, and the outstanding contribution that they made to development of South Asian studies in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is currently home to the largest community of scholars working on South Asia outside of South Asia itself. Yet, until recently, there has …

AIIT’s Flavour of the Month

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When the Trust was invited by Alan Alder, one of the regular presenters on Cambridge105’s Saturday food programme Flavour, to participate in a feature on food-related books in Cambridge libraries, we thought why not. Although we are not known for our gastronomical collections, it was interesting to note how many books we discovered that were not just cookery books, but also included content on the social and cultural aspects of food in Indian, Zoroastrian and Central Asian life and history. From the collection of two of our founding Trustees, Raymond …