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Speakers

Mr. Dennys Frenez

Biography

Dr. Dennys Frenez – Ph.D in Archeology from the University of Bologna – is currently investigating and modelling trade and cultural interactions between urban level societies in South and Middle Asia during the Bronze Age (ca. 3200-1300 BC), with a specific focus on the Indus Civilization. The research of Dr. Frenez involves a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, including the study of ancient administrative and writing systems, traditional technologies and crafts and socio-economic and political organization. Dr. Frenez directed archaeological excavations in India and works on archaeological collections in collaboration with several museums and archaeological expeditions in India, the Sultanate of Oman, UAE, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, and established an extensive network of collaborations.

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Mr. Shinde Vasant Shivram

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Prof. Vasant Shinde, presently Vice-Chancellor of Deccan College, Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Deemed University, Pune is a world renowned archaeologist and one of the foremost scholars in South Asia.

Prof. Vasant Shinde (born on 15th June 1956) obtained his B.A. in History from the University of Poona, and a Master’s Degree (First Class) in Archaeology from Deccan College, Deemed University (at that time affiliated to the University of Poona). He subsequently completed his Ph.D. in Protohistoric Archaeology on Early Settlements in Central Tapi Basin from the same University.

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Ms. Ann Andersson

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Since 2010 Ann Andersson (MA, University of Copenhagen) has carried out research on the bead material from the Danish Archaeological Mission to Failaka, Kuwait, conducted by Moesgaard Museum, Denmark, with the generous support of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, Kuwait. Ann is responsible for the analysis and publication of the bead corpus from the Danish excavations, which has resulted in the recent publication of the bead material from the 2008‐2012 excavations at Tell F6 (Andersson in Højlund & Abu‐Laban 2016). In the future Ann will be publishing her studies of the beads found during the Danish excavations in 1958‐1963 at Tell F3 and Tell F6, along with those from the Danish excavations of 2012‐2017 at Tell F3. Since 2005, Ann has worked at archaeological projects in Jordan (University of Copenhagen) and Qatar (University of Copenhagen), as a ceramicist, finds registrar and field archaeologist.

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Dr. Aurore Didier

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Dr. Aurore Didier is permanent researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research, in charge of the ‘Indus-Balochistanprogramme’, and director of the French Archaeological Mission in the Indus Basin. She specializes on the societies, material cultures and interactions in southern Pakistan and adjoining areas during the protohistoric period with a focus on the Bronze Age and the Indus civilization (2500-1900 BCE). She has conducted excavations and explorations in Kech-Makran (Balochistan, Pakistan) in 2001-2006 under the leadership of Roland Besenval and collaborated with noted archaeologist Jean-François Jarrige who excavated the sites of Mehrgarh, Nausharo and Pirak in Balochistan. She has also participated to various excavations in Turkmenistan, Sultanate of Oman and India.

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Dr Sophie Méry

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Director of Research at CNRS (UMR6566, Rennes), and Contractual Teacher at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1) and Rennes 2, Dr Sophie Méry defended in 1991 her Doctorate (PhD), and in 2009 her habilitation (HDR) at Paris 1, Oriental Archaeology Department.

She is accreditated for the direction of Doctoral Students.
Among Research administration, general-interest functions, and editing activities Dr Méry is Member of Reviewing Committee Journal Paléorient, and Reviewer for Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy, the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, le Journal des Africanistes, le Journal des Américanistes, Technique et Cultures.

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Mr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

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Professor in Anthropology, has been teaching archaeology and ancient technology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison since 1985. He has worked on excavations and ethnoarchaeological studies in both Pakistan and India since 1975. He has served as Field Director and Co-Director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project since 1986.He has a special interest in ancient technologies and crafts, socio-economic and political organization as well as religion.  These interests have led him to study a broad range of cultural periods in South Asia as well as other regions of the world, including China, Japan, Korea, Oman, and West Asia in general. His work has been featured in the National Geographic Magazine and Scientific American and on the website  www.harappa.com.

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