Profile

Jaya
Menon
Professor and Head
Department of History
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
E 386
Block-E, Library Building, Shiv Nadar University
Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh
India
0120-2667000
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Profile Summary 

I have been teaching and practising archaeology for the last twenty years. I have worked at several archaeological sites since 1983, and have co-directed explorations and excavations at the sites of Indor Khera and Rohana Khurd in Uttar Pradesh. My interests on crafts and ancient technology began with my doctoral research on the South Asian Bronze Age, and was carried forward during the excavations at Indor Khera, which gave evidence for a household-based craft economy in an urban context. I am also interested in the use of domestic space, both within Harappan and early historic urban settlements in the Indian subcontinent. 

I aim to train students in the current theories and field methods of archaeology so that the vast potential of material evidence in understanding the past can be realized. My interest also lies in making archaeological data accessible to a larger audience, through pedagogical interventions such as the writing of school and university-level textbook chapters, and the devising of digital methods to project the excavation evidence from Indor Khera. I strongly feel that a sound training in archaeology can enable students to explore the past and work with material remains at archaeological sites, in museums, and with heritage management projects.

Educational Qualifications 
1992
Ph.D
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
1985
M.A.
Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Pune
1983
B.A.
University of Delhi
Work Experience 
09/13Present
Professor
Shiv Nadar University
District Gautam Budh Nagar
I currently work here
01/04
09/13
Associate Professor
Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh
02/96
01/04
Senior Lecturer and Lecturer
M.S. University of Baroda
Vadodara
09/93
12/95
Research Associate
Department of History, University of Delhi
Delhi
Teaching & Research Interests: 

My aim is to make the discipline of archaeology, one that is barely taught at the undergraduate level, accessible to a larger number of students, and enable them to view and interpret aspects of our material pasts.

My current research interests focus on technology and the patterns of domestic space. I aim to bring these together, both in the South Asian Bronze Age, as well as the early historic period through attempting an archaeology of households.

Courses Taught(Selected) 
Bronze Age Civilizations
Archaeology of South Asia
Archaeology of Cities
Technology & Society
The Harappan Civilization

Scholarly Activity

Projects

2014

Exhibition on Pattanam at National Museum

Journal Publications (accepted or published)

2017

S Varma and J Menon, Households at work: An ethnoarchaeological study of variation in ceramic production in North India, Ethnoarchaeology 9: 3-29

2016

S Varma and J Menon, Terracotta anvils and dabbers from potting households in ancient Indor Khera (Circa 200 BCE – 600 CE), Pratnatattva 22: 9-19

2014

Menon, J, The transmission of craft technologies in the Bronze Age, Studies in People’s History, Volume 1, Number 2, pp. 127-141

2010

Menon, J and S Varma, Children playing and learning: Crafting ceramics in ancient Indor Khera, Asian Perspectives 49.1, pp. 85-109

2010

Menon, J and S Varma, Reading archaeological evidence: Ceramic and terracotta production at Indor Khera (200 BCE - 500 CE), Indian Historical Review, 37.2, pp.187-216

2010

Varma, S and J Menon, ‘Was there a temple under the Babri Masjid? Reading the archaeological ‘evidence’, Economic & Political Weekly, XLV.50, pp. 61-72

2008

Menon, J, Archaeological problems with specialization, Studies in History, 24.1, pp. 137-57

2008

S Varma and J Menon, Archaeology and the construction of identities in medieval North India, Studies in History 24.2, pp. 173-93