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Veteran Archeologist suggests modernisation of archeological practices in BD
Eduvista Desk
Published :Sunday, 31 January, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 24
Renowned British archeologist David Michelmore delivered an interactive lecture at a programme organised by University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) held at its campus in the capital on Wednesday. In the lecture, the veteran archeologist discussed the rich history of Bangladesh, and opportunities for upgrade and future development of archeological practices in the country.
Although Bangladeshi universities have been playing an increasingly prominent role, Archeology is still mainly the function of the Department of Archeology under the government. The lecture highlighted the positive and negative aspects of the current archeological practices in the country. Dating back to 1861, the Department of Archeology has a rich heritage of unearthing and playing a key role in preserving this region's ancient history. However, outdated methodologies now act as hindrances towards realising full potential of this field.
Highlighting the positive and negative aspects of Archeology in Bangladesh, David Michelmore said, "It is positive that the Department of Archeology, thoroughly institutionalised within the government of Bangladesh, has a large establishment and plays an active role in unearthing many heritage sites. Negative points include an over-confidence in the use of outdated methodologies enshrined in regulation dating back to 1938, an institutional lethargy encouraging the acceptance of the status quo, and an unwillingness to embrace change. As a result, Archaeology in Bangladesh is generally in a time-warp dating to the mid-20thcentury, reflecting the period when Sir Mortimer Wheeler was DG of the ASI.'
ULAB is a pioneering university in Bangladesh in the field of Archeology. It is one of a few universities in the country to support the preservation of Bangladesh's ancient heritage by specifically allocating university funds for excavation.

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