Ahana Ghosh


Ahana Ghosh is presently affiliated as a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Anthropology. Professor Kathleen. D. Morrison is her faculty host and academic advisor in the program. Ahana is a doctoral scholar and teaching assistant pursuing her research at the Archaeological Sciences Centre, Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, under the supervision of Professor Sharada Channarayapatna. Besides, she is a student ambassador representing South- Asia at the ‘Society for Archaeological Sciences’. Previously, she was an ‘Early Career Researcher’ in the ‘Rewriting World Archaeology program’ patronized by ‘Durham University,’ ‘Antiquity Trust,’ and the ‘British Academy.’ Ahana Ghosh also held Visiting Researcher positions at the ‘Ceramic Residue Analysis Laboratory’, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, US, and at the ‘Archaeological Research Laboratory,’ Stockholm University, Sweden. She also worked as a ‘Junior Research Fellow’ at the ‘Anthropological Survey of India,’ Ministry of Culture and had been part of several national anthropological projects. Ahana uses scientific tools like lipid residue analysis and compound-specific isotope analysis to evaluate the ancient food processing practices of the Harappan culture. Her work also focuses on the concept of the culinary landscape and different aspects of ‘realities’ and ‘representations’ of food. Ahana Ghosh has been the recipient of several grants, especially from ‘The Society of Archaeological Sciences and the ‘Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy,’ for conducting a substantial part of her doctoral research. Ghosh has published her research in multiple reputed national and international journals and presented her work at several prestigious international conferences. Ahana Ghosh is also the founder member of the online research forum ’Quest’ and has been successfully leading a team for conducting online lectures and academic interactions since 2020.


M.Phil. in Archaeology, Department of Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology, Deccan College PGRI, Pune, India. Dissertation entitled: “A Study of Black and Red Ware with Special Reference to the Site of Erenda: East Medinipur, West Bengal” (2016 – 2018).

Masters in Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta (2014 – 2016).

Bachelor in History, Lady Brabourne College, University of Calcutta (2011-2014).

Research Interests

Ahana Ghosh's research interest is grounded in understanding the ancient food processing techniques of the excavated settlements of the Harappan culture. This study brings forth both habitational and burial settlements within the purview of the study to peek into the food patterns of the Harappans in their lifetime and even after their death. The current research also articulates the culinary practices of the communities presently living around the site to explore the changing patterns within the culinary scape throughout the different stages of the civilization.

Selected Publications

Ghosh, A (2022). From the cradle to the grave: Understanding food processing in the ancient Harappan habitational site of Dholavira in the burial site of Dhaneti. SAS Summer Bulletin 2022. http://socarchsci.blogspot.com/2022/09/student-and-ecr-research-support-...

Das S.K., Gangopadhyay K., Ghosh A., Biswas A., Bera S., Ghosh P., Paruya D.K.,Naskar N., Mani D., Kalpana M.S., Yoshida. K. (2021). Organic geochemical and palaeobotanical reconstruction of a protohistoric settlement in Eastern India. Holocene:1- 14. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/09596836211025970.

Ghosh. A and Sengupta. T. 2021. Memorial stone and their unknown builders: Archaeology of lesser-known facts ‘Travas: Theorizing Resilience and Vulnerability in Ancient Studies (July 2021): 1-5. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5092912.

Ghosh. A and C.V. S Exploring the culinary landscape and gender role inside the'Rasōḍuṁs': A study of Dholavira village. Bhachau Taluka, Rann of Kutch, Gujarat' in Sharmishtha Chatterjee and Moumita Dey (Eds.). 'Gender and Landscape' Primus publication (In Press).

Naskar. N, Gangopadhyay. K, Lahiri. S, Chaudhuri. P, Sharma. R, Kumar. P, Ojha. S, Chopra. S and

Ghosh. A. New AMS dates of a Multicultural Archaeological Site from The Paleo-deltaic Region of West Bengal, India: Cultural and Geo-Archaeological Implications. Radiocarbon. vol 63 (6) pp. 1645- 1655.Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1017/RDC.2021.111

Ghosh. A., Shaha. C and Reza. A (2020). Recently discovered intertidal sites alongthe shoreline of Bay of Bengal: East Medinipur District, West Bengal. Pratna Samiksha: A Journal of Archaeology. New series. Volume 11. pp.1-22.

Naskar N., Gangopadhya K., Lahiri.S., Ghosh A., Chaudhuri P., Sharma R., Sharma P., Ohja S., Chopra S., (2018). New Dates from the Site of Erenda, East Medinipur District, West Bengal: Implications for Indian Protohistory. In: Susanta Lahiri (Ed.). Applications of Radiotracers and Energetic Beams in Sciences, Vol 5, Extended abstracts of the invited and contributed papers of the Fourth International Conference on Applications of Radiotracers and Energetic Beams in Sciences (ARCEBS 2018) https://inis.iaea.org/search/search.aspx?orig_q=RN:50005806


Doctoral Scholar Archaeological Sciences Centre, Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar


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