CENTRE FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL STUDIES & TRAINING, EASTERN INDIA
An Autonomous Institution of the Govt. of West Bengal
  • National-Seminar-2012
  • Step-trench-at-Paharpur-Birbhum
  • Prof.-Krishna-Bose-Chairperson-CASTEI
  • Occational-Lecture
  • Flint-Knapping-at-Bhatpara-Girls-high-school

RESEARCH : EXPLORATIONS & EXCAVATIONS

PUBLICATIONS
Bejeweled Buddha: From India to Burma by Cludine Bautze Picron
(Research fellow at the National centre of Scientific Reaserch) (2010)

The book represents a comprehensive study of the ‘Bejewelled Buddha’ considering stylistic as well as iconographic issues. A crucial moment in the Buddha’s life seems to have been referred to through this image, namely the sojourn on Mount Meru, where Buddha sat on Indra’s seat and taught all the Gods. By occupying the seat of the king of the Gods he was able to endorse the royal function of this deity; this becomes particularly evident in the late fifth century, and probably reflects the dramatic situation that the Buddhist community was confronted with, i.e. political power essentially fostering the Hindu religion and social structure. Hence, Buddha is depicted as a powerful and perfect ruler sitting at the top of the universe and showing himself adorned as a king; more than any human ruler, the Buddha rules over the universe. The image thus included various constituents while at the same time it was used as the locus where different religious and political concepts found a way of expression.
LIBRARY & ALLIED SERVICES
SEMINARS
Prehistory of South Asia
Seminar 2010


This was the 15th Annual Seminar of the Centre. The theme was ‘Prehistory of South Asia’. The main aim was to highlight explorations and excavations in different parts of South Asia. There was a need to highlight areas which have been the subject of substantial research for further development.
OUTREACH PROGRAMS of CASTEI
Bhatpara Takarnath Balika Vidyalaya
7/1/2013-8/1/2013


CASTEI will be organizing a series of outreach programs at different schools and colleges to create awareness for heritage and archaeology. The first of the awareness programme was held at Bhatpara Takarnath Balika Vidyalaya on 7/1/2013-8/1/2013.