An Autonomous Institution of the Govt. of West Bengal



Geo-archaeology of Bengal Basin:

Principle Investigator: Dr. Chinmoy Chakraborty and Sri Sujit Dasgupta

Research Assistant: Sharmila Ghosh

This project is an attempt to delineate the relationship between the landscape development and the establishment of human settlements in the Bengal Basin during the late Quaternary or mid-late Holocene period. The study area (latitudinal extent: 22°N to 23°N and longitudinal extent: 88°E to 89°E, approximately) largely incorporates fluvial and tidal plains of the lower deltaic zone of Bengal Basin i.e. the delta lobe area. The main focus is to identify the different episodes of fluvial systems with their distributaries sometimes entrenched upon the generations of tidal plains. The major objective of the project is to trace the archaeological sites/settlements in the natural levees, either fluvial or tidal on the basis of our field experiences.

In course of our present study we are using the LISS-IV images and toposheets for mapping the major geomorphic units and preparing the survey map as well. The project uses ARC GIS for generating the maps.


Source book of Archaeology of the North-Eastern Region: Sikkim

The project titled Source Book of Archaeology of the North-Eastern Region began in the month of July, 2009. The travelogues by European travelers and mountaineers have been the primary sources of valuable information regarding the state of Sikkim. The Source Book aims at compiling the data in various historical as well as religious texts so as to create an encyclopedia on Sikkim. The Source book has been segmented under various heads: Early History of Sikkim, Physical Features which is further sub-divided into natural vegetation, river system. Flora and Fauna constitute a separate segment. Study on the tribes inhabiting Sikkim forms the major segment as the composition of the state is to be understood to form a basic understanding of the changes in the society, concept of rituals and belief etc. Archaeological Investigation forms a separate segment as under this head the antiquity of human settlement in Sikkim is being traced. Although each segment revolves around one single feature however they are intertwined and relate each concept to other and would help in creating a holistic view of North- eastern State of Sikkim.


Source book of Archaeology of the North-Eastern Region: Arunachal

The work is divided into following sections: Prehistory, Numismatic, Epigraphy, Iconography, Art and Architecture,Preservation of Monuments, Archaeological Chemistry, etc.,Geological Information,Ethnic Tradition of Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, and General View about Archaeology of Northeast India. It will be soon published as a book.

➣ Tarapada Santra Archive:

A sizeable collection of letters and articles of Tarapada Santra is preserved in the Centre For Archaeological Studies and Training Eastern India.  Through this project the Centre is  trying to make an index of the whole collection. Shir Tarapada Santra received numerous letters from many scholars, officials and others. We are keeping the letters in a separate index. The articles collected by Tarapada Santra and many articles written by him are put in different files. This particular section is done in a separate way. Separate columns are made for the file number, number of articles kept in one individual file, name of the article if published or not, condition of the manuscript and the last column is for some special comments if any.  This archive is going to help many young scholars interested in archaeological research and folk art.


N.K. Bose Photo Archive:

This archive is again under active construction. The archive contains several of Prof Bose’s photographic documentations and also his published writings.


Archaeology of Bay of Bengal Region

Principle Investigator: Sri Kaushik Gangopadhyay

Research Assistant: Shoumita Chatterjee


The project deals with East coastal plains on the Bay of Bengal. Politically the region includes parts of three states- West Bengal, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu. The project seeks to understand networks and exchange systems along the east coast of India bordering the Bay of Bengal largely during the early historic period (3rd century BCE to 3rd-4th century CE). Emphasis is given on the fine ware pottery including Rouletted ware, Knobbed ware, and Grey ware. The project focusing on characterization of these fine wares which are found extensively from all important sites, especially of the early historic period. This will make us understand the scale and extent of contacts along the east coast during the early historic period. During the first year of this project different early historic sites of Andhra and Tamilnadu were covered. Few of the sites were Alluru, Gummadadurru, Jaggyapeta, Kesarapalli, Gudivada, Bhattiporlu, Amaravati and others from Andhra. Sites from Tamilnadu were Arikamedu. Manikorlai, Kaveripumpattanam, and also Alagankulam, Korkai, etc. Pottery and soil samples were collected from the above sites. The pottery samples were made into powdered samples by using the Geological Survey of India. XRD of the powdered samples were carried out at AIRF facililty, JNU, Delhi.  XRF of the same powdered samples are being analyzed by Saha Institute of Nuclear Physic, Kolkata. The glass beads which were collected from sites like Arikamedu and Manikorlai were analysed by Saha Institute of Nuclear Physic and the results will soon be published.



Islamic Heritage of West Bengal(1205-1757CE)

Principal Investigator: Sri Pratip Kumar Mitra

Research Assistant: Samhita Sen and A.B.Jilani

A data base Primary Source project of Islamic Heritage of West Bengal beginning in June 2011. The research project made on the completion of a list of finding spots of Perso-Arabic inscription in West Bengal listing of archaeological site, monuments, built, heritage water bodies of the Bengal Sultan like Sultanate and Mughal Period in West Bengal are underway. So far 434 sites and 510 inscriptions have been recorded and updating the information on inscription and monument given in A. H. Dani’s book. A part from this project there are two field work at Murshidabad and Burdhaman has completed during the field work founded Some new Inscriptions and monument and there are 30 inscription and 40 monument have been visited including with new inscriptions and monument.

Abul barkat Jilani has join the centre for Archaeological Studies & Training Eastern India, project funded by Ministry of Culture, Government of India as a Research Assistant of Islamic Heritage of West Bengal (1205-1757CE).

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.