Archaeology, Heritage and Museum Studies are field-based disciplines. The Center undertakes field research and training in methods by combining the field and the laboratory. The Center also brings together international scholarship and research agendas under one umbrella.
The Center for Archaeology, Heritage & Museum Studies (CAHMS) is affiliated to SHSS at Shiv Nadar University.
The Center for Archaeology, Heritage and Museum Studies (CAHMS) provides a mechanism to share knowledge and distribute it across universities and institutions in Delhi and the NCR, whereby undergraduate and graduate students can learn archaeological methods through field schools, workshops, and conferences. The Center brings together students of the humanities as well as the natural and social sciences. Archaeological methods are extremely sophisticated and are constantly evolving and, ideally, students need to be introduced to new technologies and ideas at the undergraduate level that they can develop when they pursue further research. Curatorial skills and training in heritage ethnographies are provided to students in immersive exercises. One of the main aims of the Center is to promote research in archaeology, heritage and museum studies.
The Center for Archaeology, Heritage and Museum Studies at the Shiv Nadar University aims to bring together scholars from a number of universities and institutions in India and outside to collaborate in research and provide training and skills for archaeological methods, as well as exposure to related aspects, such as museum displays, curation, content generation, and heritage studies. The Center has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania. Other universities and institutions in India and outside that have informally committed to be part of the network are Stanford University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Pompeu Fabra Universitat, McGill University, Hartwick College, Jahangirnagar University, and the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development.
Exposure to and training in archaeological methods will be done through:
- Workshops on ceramic classification, lithic analysis, archaeological mapping, compass mapping, GIS, and so forth
- Through short term teaching modules by faculty within and outside the country during a semester as well as summer school programs
- By providing fieldwork training through Field Schools
- By preparing a current database of archaeologists exploring/excavating in India and enabling student participation in these programs
- By undertaking internships and research projects on archiving, documenting, content generation and so forth that can serve as training modules at ASI, INTACH, Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and museums
- By enabling movement of students for further training in archaeological methods among the member institutions of the network
- By preparing a database of organizations involved with heritage, such as ASI, INTACH, AKTC, Ekaresources, NIAS Heritage Studies program, and various museums, but more important, individuals from these organizations who can join in this effort of providing training in specific skills to undergraduate and graduate students