Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

N.G. Majumdar Remembered

Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

N.G. Majumdar Remembered

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It is true that Sir William Jones gathered some likeminded friends and formed the Asiatic Society on Jan 15, 1784, in Kolkata.

It continued its archaeological activities along with other pursuits over a long period. But major twists in archeology of the subcontinent came after the establishment of Archaeological Survey of India and appointment of John Marshall as its new director general.

Marshall assumed charge in 1902 and a new era started in Indian archaeology, and in the same period some strategic policies were formed about exploration and excavation.

But due to certain official reasons Sindh was a low priority in the whole setup. Sindh Exploration was revived in 1937, but the exploration team's leader N.G. Majumdar was murdered by dacoits on Nov 11, 1938, while he was working on an ancient site of the left bank Nai Gaj, Dad u district.

Majumdar did a pioneer work on Sindh's archaeology. After joining Indian Archaeological Survey, he supervised excavation works in Larkana, Sehwan, Nai Gaj and Khirthar Range. His major work was exploration of Amri.

The excavation unpacked the cultural links of the area with other civilisations. …

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