Archaeological studies in India were initiated in 1784 with the establishment of
the Asiatic Society in Bengal by Sir William Jones. He is credited with the identification
of Chandragupta Maurya with Sandrokottos of Greek literature. He was also the first
to develop parameters for the chronology of Ancient Indian History as well as the
identification of the ancient site of Pataliputra on the confluence of the Ganga
and Son. Other scholars associated with the Asiatic Society also contributed very
significantly. Notable among them were Charles Wilkinson who deciphered the Gupta
and Kutila inscriptions and James Princep who decoded the Brahmi script.
The 17th General Conference of UNESCO adopted 'The Convention Concerning the Protection
of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage' in 1972.This convention provided for
a 'World Heritage Committee' ....
Pragdhara is the Annual journal of the Directorate of Archaeology, Uttar Pradesh.
Within a short span this Journal has come to be recognised as one of the leading
archaeological journals of the country. . .