Summary of International Collaboration between India and South Korea

I am deeply indebted to Dr. Vasant Shinde’ efforts for making the collaboration much fruitful.
2010: Nov: Dr. Shinde visited us by Prominent International Scholar Invitation Program
2011: Feb: Oh CS visited archaeological sites in India; Nov: Shin DH and Oh CS attended at ICTS Mini Workshop “Future of the Past” at Mangalore.
2012: Jan: Shin DH visited multiple archaeological sites of Harappan civilization; July: Dr. Shinde visited South Korea, for examining the megalith culture of the country; Oct: Oh CS visited Deccan College, Pune. Setting up the archaeological science lab under Dr. Shinde’s care.
2013: Feb: Shin DH visited Deccan College, Pune. Doing experiment in Dr. Shinde’s lab; July: Ms. Astha Dibyopama visited Seoul National University. She did experiment in my lab for 3 weeks; Nov: Dr. Shinde visited South Korea. Signing MOU with Institute of Forensic Science, Seoul National University; and with Research Centre of Dolmens in Northeast Asia, South Korea; Dec: Hong JH visited India for attending at Annual Conference 2013-Indian Archaeological Society.
2014: Feb: Shin DH visited Rakhigarhi site. Doing excavation at the site; Attending at SOSAA meeting at Raipur as invited special lecturer.
2015: Feb: Hong JH visited Rakhigarhi site. Doing excavation at the site; July: Woo EJ visited Deccan College. Making anthropological examinations on the bones from Rakhigarhi site; Dec: Dr. Vijay Sathe was invited to Seoul National University by Prominent International Scholar Invitation Program .
2016: Jan: Shin DH visited India to attend at ASTRA meeting at Pune. Making a Keynote Speech; Feb: Our Rakhigarhi project started to be supported by National Geographic Society; Feb to Mar: Shin DH and Hong JH joined in the excavation at Rakhigarhi site; June: Dr. Shinde visited South Korea. He visited multiple museums and institutions. Making an official meeting with director of Cultural Heritage Administration; Aug: Woo EJ visited Deccan College. Examination of skeletons from Rakhigarhi site; Aug: Certification was issued to faculties and students joining in the excavation at Rakhigashi site.
And currently Dr. 차순철 (Soon Chul Cha) is visiting India, for his academic trip of Buddhist cave monuments.


  1. Will the result at least come out this year? Throw a bread crumb please...

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    1. I know its important, but at least if we knew when to expect it. As far as aDNA is concerned, few things are as important as bronze age Indian samples. I dont understand why this was not done sooner and on a larger scale. Ideally, we should test samples from widely separated sites we dig up for a complete picture.

    2. Hi Saudyumna,

      Well we should first consider ourselves lucky that we are going to get the Indian aDNA . Considering the conditions in the subcontinent, which are mostly not ideal for biological preservation , it makes acquiring doable samples real hard. With that let me tell that Rakhigarhi is not the only site that is going to provide aDNA data , there are also others ,older and younger .

    3. Are there plans for future tests? Any hope for Neolithic samples?

    4. I couldn't find anything about this after searching..


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