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Kalyan Sekhar Chakraborty

Assistant Professor of History, Ashoka University

Ph.D. University of Toronto

Kalyan Sekhar Chakraborty specializes in Biomolecular Archaeology and Archaeological Geochemistry. His research interest is in reconstructing ancient animal herding practices. His research explores the role of domesticated animals and the inter-relationship between humans-animals-environment in the development and dispersal of complex societies in South Asia, especially in India. His current research interest is in reconstruction of traditional indigenous diets and the effects of European Expansion on traditional food practices in Southern Ontario, Canada.

Kalyan completed his PhD in Anthropological Archaeology from the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada, in 2019. He has held postdoctoral and research positions at the University of Toronto and McMaster University. He has excavated and supervised excavations at many archaeological sites in India, Canada, and Hungary. 

Apart from teaching at Ashoka University, he is pursuing Postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Human History as an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow. In addition, he is collaborating on a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Canada (SSHRC)-funded project that aims to reconstruct the traditional indigenous diet of the Six Nation population of Southern Ontario using ceramic residues.

Journal Articles

  • Sandhu, S., Sathe, V., Chakraborty, K.S., Chakraborty, S., Chauhan, P.R. (2021). Carbon and Oxygen Isotope Analysis of Modern Cattle (Bos indicus) Molars from the Central Narmada Valley, India. Ancient Asia. 12(3): 1-19.
  • Chakraborty, K.S., Slater, G.F., Miller, H.M-L., Shirvalkar, P., Rawat, Y. (2020). Compound-specific isotope analysis of lipid residues provides the earliest direct evidence of dairy product processing in South Asia. Scientific Reports (Nature). 10(16095): 1-12.
  • Chakraborty, K.S., Chakraborty, S., Roux, P.L., Miller, H.M-L.,  Shirvalkar, P., Rawat, Y. (2018). Enamel isotopic data from the domesticated animals at KotadaBhadli, Gujarat, reveals specialized animal husbandry during the Indus Civilization. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports. 21: 183-199.
  • Chakraborty, K.S., Sathe, V. (2014). Diagenetic study of the fossils and the semi fossilized bones from the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene deposits. Heritage Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology. 2: 625-650.
  • Mushrif-Tripathi, V., Shinde, V.S., Chakraborty, K.S. (2012). Preliminary findings on Human skeletal remains from Harappan site of Farmana. Iranian Journal of Archaeological Studies. 2: 51-64.

Book Chapters

  • Chakraborty, K.S. (2021). Channel-handled vessels or ladles from Indus Age Gujarat; Possible evidence for a capacity measuring system?. Shirvalkar, P; Prasad, E. Culture, Continuity, and Tradition: Disquisitions in Honour of Prof. Vasant Shinde.: 185-199. B R Publication, New Delhi.
  • Chakraborty, K.S., Bannerjee, S., Kansara, B., Mazumdar, S., Shirvalkar, P. (2017). A Preliminary Report on the Lipid Analysis of Ceramics. Shirvalkar, P; Shinde, VS. Excavation at Kotada Bhadli, Taluka: Nakhatrana, District: Kachchh, Gujarat (2010-2014).: 150-168, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi.
  • Mushrif-Tripathi, V., Chakraborty, K.S., Lahiri, S. (2016). Inventory of Human Skeletal Remains from India. Walimbe, SR; Schug, RG. A Companion to South Asia in the Past.: 496-533. Wiley-Blackwell
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