South Asia

ARATI DESHPANDE-MUKHERJEE

Arati works on archaeological material from all over India, but has a particular focus on marine molluscs from Harappan sites in Gujarat. As well as work on molluscs as part of prehistoric subsistence regimes, Arati has also published on shell artefacts and contemporary shellfish gathering. For a selection of Arati's publications, please refer to the publications page.

THILANKA MANOJ SIRIWARDANA

Thilanka focuses on the archaeomalacology of Sri Lanka with broad interests in subsistence, gathering strategies, linguistics and ethnobiology, taphonomy, and the ethnography of coastal communities. Thilanka has worked on Hambantota shell deposits (including both naturally formed deposits and anthropogenic middens) in the south-eastern arid zone of Sri Lanka, as well as early historic and historic shell assemblages from Anuradhapura in North central province. In addition, Thilanka has looked at mollusc consumption in the coastal communities of Maggona, Kalutara in the western wet zone of Sri Lanka, and Ânavasala, Kalpitiya in the northwestern semi arid zone of Sri Lanka, as well as chank diving in the latter. For a selection of Thilanka's publications, please refer to the publications page.

KEN THOMAS

In addition to his work on material from southern Britain, Sicily and Tuscany, Ken has worked on archaeomalacological material from various sites in northern Pakistan. Within archaeomalacology, Ken studies both marine and terrestrial molluscs to answer questions regarding subsistence, palaeoecology, and the impact of human populations on faunal communities. He has also conducted research into the application of stable isotope analysis to marine shell samples. For a selection of Ken's publications, please refer to the publications page.