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.
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.