Visiting: Dr. Kanti Pawar (Deccan College, India)

Dr. Kanti Pawar (Assistant Professor, Deccan College, India) visited my lab on Aug 2 to 12, 2017.

He made a lecture for S Korean scholars; and discussed about our future collaboration for common interest.

Below is the AGREEMENT FOR RESEARCH COLLABORATION between Dr. Kanti Pawar and us.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF RESEARCH: Megaliths are world phenomenon existed in the different time period and cultural epoch. They are evidenced in different parts of the world but their architecture, cultural associations and chronology differ. Bewildering types of the megaliths burials have been found in the India and Korea. The Indian Megalithic burials and monuments generally belong to the Iron Age and are largely sepulchral in character. Main concentrations of these megalithic graves and habitation sites have been found in Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra (especially Vidarbha) regions of Central & Peninsular India. There are various theories have been propounded by different scholars about the origin and chronology of these megalithic monuments but often it has been seen that those theories have been vaguely described in absence of substantial evidences. Also it is very interesting to note that certain burial types have been prevalent in specific geographical territory. We admit that information collected from megalith culture of India can throw light on the various unsolved issues of megalithic culture of Korea as well. The current project has been outlined with the following aims and objectives: PROJECT 1: We try to find the similarities and differences between the megalith cultures of two countries, providing important information to understand the heritage. To achieve this purpose, the scholars of both countries will try to collect the previously reported archaeological information about megalith culture in Vidarbha area. Statistical visualization of archaeological investigations will be done on the data. PROJECT 2: Next, based on the above-obtained information, the scholars of both countries will visit and investigate the megalith sites of the Vidarbha area, re-confirming the fundamental archaeological information of megalith trends in the region. Anthropological, paleoparasitological, ancient DNA, and stable isotope analyses would also be performed on the human and animal samples we obtained during the investigation when available. PROJECT 3: We would do the study on DNA analysis using the human samples obtained from the Vidarbha area (ancient and modern). This study on DNA could be the basis for understanding the genetic traits of people of Vidarbha megalith area that would be performed in the future.

FUTURE PLAN AFTER RESEARCH: All the data would be perfectly shared by both side researchers. Under the mutual agreement, our data could be published in qualified scientific journals (co-authorship shared by Indian and Korean scholars). We will cooperate each other to report to the relevant institutes of both sides.

RESEARCH TEAM OF INDIA: Kanti Pawar: Assistant professor (archaeology), Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, India

RESEARCH TEAM OF SOUTH KOREA: Dong Hoon Shin: Professor, Institute of Forensic Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea; Yongjun Kim: Visiting Research Scholar, Lab of Bioanthropology, Paleopathology and History of Diseases, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea; Jong Ha Hong: PhD candidate, Institute of Forensic Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea; Soong Deok Lee: Professor, Institute of Forensic Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea


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