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Dr. Abhijit Ambekar, Archaeological Studies, Best Researcher Award

Doctorate at Archaeological Survey of India, Excavation Branch -V, Vadodara, Gujarat, India


Dr. Abhijit Ambekar is a distinguished archaeologist with extensive experience in archaeological excavation, conservation, and research. Currently serving as the Superintending Archaeologist at the Archaeological Survey of India, Excavation Branch V, Vadodara, he has led significant excavation projects across India. Dr. Ambekar holds a PhD from RTM Nagpur University and has been recognized with numerous awards and fellowships for his contributions to archaeology, including research grants and prestigious medals. His work encompasses the scientific and public-facing aspects of archaeology, emphasizing the preservation and interpretation of India’s rich cultural heritage.

Professional Profile:


Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD): “Role of Artillery: A Case Study of Portuguese Rule in India,” 2013, RTM Nagpur University

PG Diploma in Archaeology: 2000, Institute of Archaeology, New Delhi

PG Diploma in Museology: 1998, Prachya Niketan, BarkatulSlah University, Bhopal, M.P.

M.A. (Ancient Indian History Culture & Archaeology): 1997, Nagpur University

B.A. (Ancient Indian History, Sociology & Political Science): 1995, Nagpur University

🏢 Professional Experience:

Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, Excavation Branch V, Vadodara

  • Sep 2021 – Present: Current role overseeing significant archaeological projects.
  • Dec 2016 – Sep 2021: Acting Superintending Archaeologist.
  • Oct 2015 – Dec 2016: Deputy Superintending Archaeologist.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leading excavations at Vadnagar (2016-present), Taranga (2017-19), Gunja (2018-19), and Vihar (2020-21).
  • Managing excavation projects, ensuring accurate documentation, and preserving historical sites.

Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, Goa Circle

  • Jun 2003 – Oct 2015: Contributed to various archaeological and conservation projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assisted in scientific clearance at St. Augustine Complex, Old Goa.
  • In-situ conservation of collapsed structures and re-fixing Azulejos.
  • Developed documentaries on museums, excavations, and salvage operations.
  • Participated in salvaging the gunpowder factory site in Goa.
  • Designed exhibitions, showcases, and interpretative materials for museums.
  • Organized educational workshops and preventive conservation programs.

Research Interest:

Dr. Ambekar’s research focuses on the archaeology and history of ancient India, with particular expertise in the role of artillery during Portuguese rule in India. His interests include excavation methodologies, conservation techniques, and the interpretation and presentation of archaeological findings.

Awards 🏆

  • Research grant from Fundacao Oriente, Mala, Panaji, Goa, 2013
  • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) from ICHR, New Delhi, 2002
  • Dr. V.V. Mirashi Prize, 1997
  • Motilal Nehru Centenary Prize, 1997
  • Topper’s Gold Medals & Prizes in Post-Graduation, Nagpur University, 1997
  • Late Shri Chintaman Madhav Kinkhede Memorial Gold Medal
  • Dr. Raibahadur Hiralal Gold Medal

Author Metrics 📈

Dr. Ambekar’s contributions to archaeology are well-recognized in the academic community, with numerous publications in reputed journals and active involvement in research projects that enhance the understanding and preservation of India’s historical sites.

Top Noted Publication:

Ancient Mitogenomes Suggest Complex Maternal History of One of the Oldest Settlements of Western India

  • Publication: Mitochondrion
  • Volume: 76, Article 101871
  • Year: 2024
  • Authors: Ahlawat, B., Kumar, L., Ambekar, A., Rawat, Y.S., Rai, N.

Climate, Human Settlement, and Migration in South Asia from Early Historic to Medieval Period: Evidence from New Archaeological Excavation at Vadnagar, Western India

  • Publication: Quaternary Science Reviews
  • Volume: 324, Article 108470
  • Year: 2024
  • Authors: Sarkar, A., Sengupta, T., Ambekar, A., Dabhi, A., Juyal, N.
  • Citations: 1

Agricultural Adaptation and Resilience Through Climatic Shifts in Semi-arid India: 2000 Years of Archaeobotanical Evidence from Vadnagar, Gujarat

  • Publication: Quaternary Science Advances
  • Volume: 13, Article 100155
  • Year: 2024
  • Authors: Pokharia, A.K., Patel, H., Ambekar, A.S., Dabhi, A.J., Singh, K.P.

Assessment of Geoheritage and Geotourism Potential of the Geoarchaeosites from the Mainland Gujarat, Western India

  • Publication: Geoheritage
  • Volume: 14(4), Article 133
  • Year: 2022
  • Authors: Das, A., Sodhi, A., Vedpathak, C., Ambekar, A., Prizomwala, S.P.
  • Citations: 4

A New Chronology Based on OSL and Radiocarbon Dating for the Archaeological Settlements of Vadnagar (Western India) Along with Magnetic and Isotopic Imprints of Cultural Sediments

  • Publication: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
  • Volume: 38, Article 103045
  • Year: 2021
  • Authors: Agnihotri, R., Patel, N., Srivastava, P., Phartiyal, B., Kumar, A.
  • Citations: 5


Abhijit Ambekar | Archaeological Studies | Best Researcher Award

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