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Deccan College to host three-day webinar on ‘Molluscs and Ancient Human Societies’

The webinar titled 'Molluscs and Ancient Human Societies' and the meeting of the Archaeomalacology Working Group(AMWG) will be held during September 28 - 30.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: September 27, 2021 7:27:23 pm
Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute. (File photo)

Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute is organising an international webinar along with hosting a meeting of members of the International Council for Archaeology.

The webinar, ‘Molluscs and Ancient Human Societies’, and the meeting of the Archaeomalacology Working Group(AMWG), will be held from September 28 to 30.

Molluscs were commonly used as a dietary source at many ancient settlements, including the Indus Valley Civilization. Their shells were also used for making a wide range of objects and ornaments.

As these shells are abundantly found at many ancient sites, they are very useful to archaeologists as potential tools for studying paleo-subsistence, paleo-economy, socio religious significance, paleoclimate and environment.

The AMWG, a sub-branch of the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ), comprises many international scholars specialising in the study of ancient molluscs.

The meeting, which was originally scheduled in Pune last year, had to be held online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Experts from the US, UK, Israel, France, Spain, Serbia, Iran, China, Thailand and Italy, along with scholars from India, will participate in this meet.

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Some of the topics under discussion will be molluscs as dietary use, shells as exchange items, shell middens, paleo-environmental studies, shell working, rituals and literature, from sites located between Alaska and Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Two special lectures will be delivered by J Mark Kenoyer of the University of Wisconsin, USA and Daniella E Bar-Yosef Mayer on the role of shells in the Indus Valley Civilization and shell beds from ancient times.

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