Dr Sayantani Neogi
My expertise … is in micromorphological and petrographic analysis of soils and rocks in assaying palaeoenvironment and in understanding human influences in the ‘total environment’.
I have completed my PhD in Geoarchaeology at the University of Cambridge. My thesis, entitled ‘Geoarchaeological Investigations of Indus Settlements in the Plains of Northwestern India’ explores the soil/sediment sequences associated with a series of archaeological sites dated between c.3000 and 1500 BC, belonging to the Indus Civilisation. Primarily trained as a geomorphologist, I have long-standing interest landscape archaeology to understand human-environment relationship. My expertise, therefore, is in micromorphological and petrographic analysis of soils and rocks in assaying palaeoenvironment and in understanding human influences in the ‘total environment’. Prior to joining the EAMENA project, I have worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich on the ERC project ‘AcrossBorders’. I conducted geoarchaeological research in and around the New Kingdom Pharaonic town on the island of Sai, Sudan. In addition to working in Sudan and India, I have also participated in several projects in Spain, Portugal, Greece, France, England, China and Tanzania over the last 12 years.
Apart from being a capable and useful team member for several projects, I have several other transferable skills. For example, I am blessed with a personality which is friendly and tolerant. I have made deep and lasting friendships from most of the projects that I have been involved in. I am also an excellent cook (particularly curries) and I am always willing to make a decent cup of tea for everyone.
Geoarchaeology, Landscape Archaeology, Palaeoenvironment, Micromorphology and Petrography
Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa, Department of Archaeology, Durham University, Dawson Building, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)7588 906221