- Archaeology, Sharma Centre for Heritage Education , Chennai , India
- Ancient Palaeolithic, Asia, Lithic technology, Mesolithic, Middle Palaeolithic, Palaeoanthropology, Raw materials, Upper Palaeolithic
Educational and work
Shanti Pappu, is the founder/secretary of the Sharma Centre for Heritage Education (SCHE, Est.1999), based in India. She is a former Professor of Prehistory from the Deccan College, Pune, from where she completed her Ph.D. She is interested in pre-and proto-history, experimental and ethnoarchaeology, as also public outreach. Dr. Pappu and Dr. K.Akhilesh of the SCHE are directing a long-term interdisciplinary project, investigating Prehistory and Palaeoenvironments along the southeast coast of India, including excavations at Attirampakkam and Sendrayanpalayam, and surveys in parts of northern and southern Tamil Nadu. A combination of field based investigations, use of satellite remote sensing, GIS, combine goals for research, public outreach and advocacy for heritage management. They have published 2 books (S.Pappu) and over 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Science and Nature. The SCHE also organizes workshops on prehistory, lithic studies and experimental lithic knapping. Since March 2020, they are hosting ‘Down Ancient Trails’, an online archaeology forum, with lectures, discussion meetings and workshops, for a diverse audience. Dr.Pappu, has guided two Ph.D and two Master’s students, and is also a reviewer for several international archaeology journals. She is also a former Homi Bhabha Fellow,a Charles Wallace fellow, and has obtained several awards including Prof. H.D. Sankalia gold medal, Deccan College, and Young Scientist award, Earthwatch Institute, USA. Since 1999, the SCHE, through its children’s museum, runs workshops for children, teachers and students, on-campus, during fieldwork, and in parts of India, Sri Lanka and S.Korea. She holds a law degree with a dissertation on cultural heritage laws of India.