An Autonomous Institution of the Govt. of West Bengal

Training Courses

Training Courses

Training courses are held between May and November every year.

Numismatics of Eastern India

The Centre organizes this two months course every year that generally spans for a period of two and half to three months. This course introduces the students to ancient Indian coinage and monetary systems. Alongside theoretical lectures on coins of various dynasties emphasis is given on recording the techniques of minting the coins. The students are provided with practical hands-on-training of identification of coins where they learn the nuances of understanding the various types of coins of different dynasties by using replicas as well original specimens. The students are given exposure to live demonstration of minting coins by. Last year the course was co-ordinated by Dr Susmita Basu Majumdar, Dept. of AIHC, and Calcutta University with help from Dr Kaushik Gangopadhyay Fellow CASTEI. The other resource persons for us are Dr Sutapa Sinha, Dept. of Islamic History; Calcutta University; Prof. Danish Moin of IIRNS, Nasik, Ejaj Hussain of Visva-Bharati University, Siharan Nandi of the State Archaeological Museum and Ravi Sankar Sharma (coin collector).

Syllabus: An introduction to the origin of Indian Coinage, Introducing the earliest coins of India, Punch Marked coins of Eastern India, Post Mauryan coins and Currency system, Local coins of Eastern India,  Foreign coins and Kushana coins and their impact on the monetary tradition, Kushana imitation & typological progression, Puri Kushana Coins, Gupta Coins in Eastern India, Post-Gupta Coins in Pan-Indian context, Post-Gupta Coins in Eastern India, Early Medieval Ahom, Medieval period: Cooch Behar and Kachar, Typological progression in the Indian coinage tradition, , Coins of Medieval Bengal,, Coinage of Jaunpur , Mints of Medieval Bihar, Mughal Coinage of Eastern India and East India Company, Numismatic Techniques:Legend/Symbols decipherment, Script & Palaeography, Typology and Classification technique. Preparation of  moulds, replicas, etc.,  Application of metallography in numismatics,  Preservation & conservation of numismatic specimens, Workshop: Live demonstration of minting techniques,  Photography of numismatic samples, Learning Basic Brahmi Script, Deciphering Brahmi Script on ancient coins, Learning of Arabic Script, Study of Coin-Hoards: Definition, classification & Documentation, Methods and Problems: A case-study of Bengal sultanate period, Coin-hoards vis-à-vis currency, production and  trade, Coinage of Medieval Ahom and Tripura, Coinage of Manipur and Jaintia, Studying of Numismatics for Economic History, Metrology of coins, Die-Study its scope Identification of fakes & forgeries Scientific analysis of coinsScope of scientific analysis, Practical class on identification of ancient coins, Practical class on identification of medieval coins.


Ancient Indian Ceramics: An Introduction

The Centre organizes this two month course every year. The main aim of the course is to introduce the students to various ceramics of different cultural periods of Indian Archaeology through lectures and actual handling of the pottery along with scientific techniques adopted for analyzing ceramics. Practical sessions are conducted on drawing of ceramics and by taking the students to a potter’s workshop for learning ethnographic documentation. Faculties for this course are Dr Sharmi Chakraborty from the Centre and she is also coordinator of the course, Dr Kaushik Gangopadhyay (University of Calcutta), Dr Suchira Roychoudhury (Visva Bharati), Dr Anup Mishra (Rohilkhand University, Bareilly), Dr V Selvakumar (University of Tanjavur), Mr Partho Dasgupta  (Government Art College, Kolkata), Dr Sutapa Sinha (University of Calcutta) and Dr Rukshana Nanji from Pune, Varada Khaladkar and Dr. Sharmistha Chatterjee (University of Calcutta).

Syllabus: Introduction, Recording pottery, Neolithic North India, Pre-Harappan, Mature Harappan, Late Harappan,Western & Central Indian Chalcolithic, Deccan Chalcolithic , Early Iron Age, Neolithic and Chalcolithic of Eastern India, Chalcolithic Eastern India,

Neolithic and Early Iron Age South India, Early Historic South India, Early Historic North India,

Technique of pottery making, Early Historic Eastern India,Early Historic Western India & Deccan.




Introduction to Prehistory

The Centre organizes this one month course every year. This course is aimed to introduce the participants to various aspects of Prehistoric Archaeology and lithic studies, per se.  Topics to be covered include historiography of Indian prehistory, chronology of Indian prehistory, different cultural studies of prehistory, lithic typology, tool analysis, interpreting lithic evidence, various scientific methods required to study lithics, experimental flintknapping, the current state of lithic studies in South Asia and drawing of stone artifacts. This interactive workshop includes discussions among students and between students and teachers through question-and-answer sessions, fieldwork, practical sessions, museum visit as well as PowerPoint presentation. Other than Centre’s own faculty which include Avick Biswas, archaeologists specializing in prehistory, scholars like Prof. D. K. Bhattacharya from Delhi University, Dr Akhilesh Kumar form Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, Priyadarsini Sengupta from Bangabasi college, Dr Bishnupriya Basak from Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta, Dr Sukanya Sharma from Guwahati University, Prof. S. N. Rajaguru from Deccan College, Dr P. K. Behera from Sambalpur University, Odisha were also invited to deliver Lectures on various aspects. Last year (2013), Ranita Ghosh stood first, Sanchari Datta and Pousali Chatterjee stood second and Suvashree Chatterjee and Bidhan Halder stood third in the evolution.  

Syllabus: Introduction, Historiography of Prehistory, Chronology of Indian Prehistory, African Prehistory, European Prehistory, Lower Palaeolithic culture of India, Middle Palaeolithic culture of India, Upper Palaeolithic culture of India, Mesolithic culture of India, Neolithic culture of India, GIS & Map reading, Recoding and typological analysis of stone tools, Geo-morphological background of Indian Prehistory, Tool-technology & Stone Knapping.


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.
Bhatpara Takarnath Balika Vidyalaya

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.