Showing posts from October, 2019

New Web Page Open for Institute of Forensic and Anthropological Science

New web page is oped for Institute of Forensic and Anthropological Science, Seoul National University.

The first report on Indus people's facial reconstruction

Our study was published in Anatomical Science International

Craniofacial reconstruction of the Indus Valley Civilization individuals found at 4500-year-old Rakhigarhi cemetery

Despite academic efforts to study the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC), there have as yet been no successful attempts to unveil the IVC people’s craniofacial appearance. We investigated the IVC cemetery area of Rakhigarhi site, which was estimated to be of 2273 ± 38 and 2616 ± 73 years BCE. By craniofacial reconstruction (CFR) procedure using computed tomography (CT) data of two Rakhigarhi skulls (A1 BR02 and A2 BR36), we successfully reconstructed the faces of the IVC individuals who were buried about 4500 years ago. This is the first attempt to unveil scientifically accurate representations of IVC people’s actual facial morphology.

And also reported in news worldwide:

Times of India: Scientists reconstruct faces of Indus Valley people.

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News Report for Our Research: Koreans Roped In Reconstruction

Reported in the Hindu

Koreans roped in

A team led by Prof. Vasant Shinde, Vice-Chancellor, Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Deemed University, Pune, is on the brink of recreating the faces of a few skeletal remains, dug up during the excavation of a Harappan site at Haryana’s Rakhigarhi village in Hisar, in collaboration with South Korean scientists.

Dr. Shinde told The Hindu that his team was recreating the faces of five skeletal remains and the results would be available within the next two months, soon after the publication of the paper in a journal after its review by experts.

The archaeologist, who along with his 25-member team — comprising experts from different fields — had excavated the site from 2012-16, said they had dug up cemeteries in a targeted excavation to find about 40 human remains.

However, most of the remains were found to be unfit for facial recreation.

“We needed complete skeletal remains in a good condition,” he said. “And we were lucky to fin…

Reported in Indian Newspaper: Forever, even in death

Our work is reported in Indian Newspaper: the Frontier. 

Do you believe in forever and wish to be with  the love of your life even in death? If you think that you are the only one with such a dream, you would be wrong. The first ever couple to aspire for such future was found at a 4,500-year-old site of the Harappan civilisation.

Though the archaeologists and scientists from India and South Korea found these two ‘rare’ skeletons in a Harappan (or Indus Valley) city (now Rakhigarhi village in Haryana) back in 2016, it took the researchers two years to put the events in a chronological order and finally publish it an international journal. One such finding is that — the man was aged about 35 and the woman, about 25.

Dr. Hong becomes research professor in Kyunghee University

Dr. Jongha Hong, just got his PhD degree in my lab, becomes research professor in Department of History, Kyunghee University, Seoul, South Korea.


Editorial Board Member for Newly Launching Archaeology Journal of India

I am invited to the editorial board of newly launching peer-reviewed journal, "The Journal of Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage"

This online as well as printed Indian archaeologists' journal aims to publish original papers on all aspects/issues of Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. In seeking to direct the journal’s critical perspectives, a multi-disciplinary and methodological approach that have significantly influenced the study of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, Art History and Aesthetics, Visual Culture, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Semiotics and Linguistics, Anthropology, Ethnography and Ethnology and creative industries focusing India will be welcome.

Observatory for the Mummified Heritage of Sicily

I am invited to Scientific board member of Observatory for the Mummified Heritage of Sicily.

The observatory is directed by Dr. Piombino-Mascali.


Dario Piombino-Mascali, VU, Lithuania

Scientific board:

Karl Jan Reinhard, UNL, USA
Albert Zink, Eurac, Italy
Salima Ikram, AUC, Egypt
Dong Hoon Shin, University of Seoul, South Korea
Clara Urzì, University of Messina, Italy
Ronald Beckett, Quinnipiac University, USA
Hendrik Poinar, McMaster University, Canada
Jens Klocke, HAWK, Germany
Stephanie Panzer, Trauma Center Murnau, Germany
Nicholas Marquez-Grant, Oxford University, UK