PhD seminar on global scales of monumentality held


Dimapur, March 18: The recently concluded PhD seminar “Building Big? Global Scales of Monumentality – An Ethnoarchaeological Perspective” and the on-going international workshop “Hierarchy and Balance: the role of monumentality in European & North-East Indian Landscapes” organised by the Nordic Graduate School in Archaeology, University of Oslo, Norway; Department of History & Archaeology, Nagaland University and Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes Kiel Collaborative Research Centre Scales of Transformation, Kiel University, Germany brought together archaeologists from Europe, mainland India and the Northeast to discuss various issues about monumentality in its varying shapes and meanings which has been a long-standing subject of prehistoric and historic archaeological research.
Some of the key discussions during seminar and workshop included – What does monumentality mean in different societies? How could a comparative approach be useful to answer archaeological questions on reconstructing social behaviour? How can a comparative approach be useful for studies on monumentality? Where can similarities and dissimilarities be found in such broad studies?
The keynote speakers for the workshop are Tilok Thakuria (NEHU Tura Campus) “Stone Jars of North Cachar, Assam: Some observations”; Christian Jeunesse (University of Strasbourg) “Funeral Monumentality and Prestige in Indonesia”; Maria Wunderlich (University of Kiel) “Megalithic Building Traditions in Sumba”; Karl- Göran Sjögren (University of Gothenburg) “Early Monuments and landscape in Sweden; Sukanya Sharmma (IIT Guwahati) “The Menhirs, the Dolmens: Culpable Ecocide”; Johannes Müller (University of Kiel) “Monumentality in North German Neolithic”; Tiatoshi Jamir (Nagaland University) “The idea of monumentality in Naga megalithic tradition” and Malsawmliana (Government T. Romana College, Aizawl) “A Typological Classification of Megaliths of Mizoram.”
(Page News Service)