From stone tools to inscriptions: Find relics from the prehistoric era at Deccan college

The museum features Sankalia’s collection of artefacts as well as a collection of vestiges from different research scholars.

pune Updated: Jul 05, 2017 11:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Deccan College Archaeology Museum,Padma Bhushan HD Sankalia,Archaeology department
The museum was founded in 1939 by eminent archaeologist Padma Bhushan.(HT Photo)

Founded in the year 1939, the Deccan College Archaeology Museum (DCAM) is the brainchild of eminent archaeologist Padma Bhushan HD Sankalia.

The museum features Sankalia’s collection of artefacts as well as a collection of vestiges from different research scholars. The collectibles were put on display in the main administrative building of the college in 1940.

Following the numerous excavations carried out by the archaeology department, the initial collection of artefacts soon became an assemblage of cultural material dating back to the prehistoric era.

Today, the department has excavated over 100 sites and added various relics, some dating back to the medieval period, to their existing collection. These artefacts are carefully preserved in the museum for visitors.

The artefacts on display at the Deccan College Archaeology Museum. (HT Photo)

In 1962, the present building of the Department of Archaeology, Deccan College was constructed and the first floor, covering an area of about 15,500 sq ft, was meticulously designed to accommodate various galleries of the museum for displaying the artefacts.

One may visit the museum to experience guided tours, exhibitions, workshops and other projects.

Developed for academic purposes, the museum now features a huge collection of artefacts categorised into nine galleries.

The galleries are divided into categories: Stone Age or prehistoric period (before 6000 BC); Chalcolithic or Copper Age (4500- 3500 BC); Megalithic culture; early history; sculptures; epigraphy (inscriptions) and numismatics (study of coins and related objects); sciences in archaeology and ethnoarchaeology (study of people for archaeological reasons).

Deccan College Archaeology
  • What:A museum that features collection of artefacts from various archeologists.
  • Where:Yerawada, Pune, Maharashtra, 411006

The museum also features a memorial galleria of Professor Sankalia which houses the numerous contributions of the founder of the department of archaeology towards Indian archaeology.

The museum today has the finest collection of stone tools from different parts of peninsular India dating back to the prehistoric period .

The archaeology museum is considered by many scholars as an apt place to generate interest about the subject among schoolchildren and emphasise the need to protect our heritage structures and excavation sites.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 11:33 IST