Neha Gupta

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland
A1B 3X9

Office: SN2012
Tel: (709) 864-7147
Email: dngupta@mun.ca

I am an anthropologist with an India area specialization, and sub specializations in archaeology, geographic information systems and post-colonial studies.

My research program lies at the intersection of archaeology and GIScience to develop a geographic visualization platform that enables us to examine change over time. Specifically, I am interested in how the social context of archaeology impacts the recovery and interpretation of archaeological data. To shed light on this complex issue, I use maps to draw out geographic relationships in archaeological information, which in turn, enables insight on how knowledge interweaves with space and power.

I am working with Dr. Rodolphe Devillers to develop geographic visualization methods for the social sciences and humanities.

Research Interests

  • Geographic visualization and GIS
  • Landscape and settlement archaeology
  • Archaeology of India

Selected Publications

  • Gupta, N. and B. K. Means. 2015. Introduction to Geographic and Spatial Approaches in the History of Archaeology. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 25 (2): 1, 1-4. http://doi.org/10.5334/bha.255
  • Gupta, N. 2015. Social and political factors in post-colonial Indian
  • archaeology: the case of Sanghol, Punjab. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 25 (2): 8, 1-13. http://doi.org/10.5334/bha.262
  • Gupta, N. 2013. Cultural continuity, identity and archaeological practice in the Indian context. In Human Expeditions: Inspired by Bruce Trigger, S. Chrisomalis and A. Costopoulos (eds.), pp. 102-115. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Gupta, N. 2013. Local communities, national governments and forensic and archaeological investigations of human rights violations. Archaeologies -The Journal of the World Archaeological Congress (Special issue on Archaeology in Conflict), 9 (1): 106-131.
  • Gupta, N. 2013. What do spatial approaches to the history of archaeology tell us? Insights from post-colonial India. Complutum (Special issue on History of Archaeology), 24 (2): 189-201. http://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/CMPL/article/view/43379/41051

Selected Presentations

2014

  • Invited paper: “Where is this? Using GPS and GIS to enable spatial learning in the undergraduate curriculum”, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy & Practices, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, US, Nov. 2014.
  • Invited paper: “Geovisualizing archaeology’s digital archives: 2.5D photorealism of an animal mass grave”, Session on Virtual Archaeology, Canadian Archaeological Association, Hilton London Ontario, London, ON, Canada, May 2014.
  • Session Organizer: Local perspectives on the archaeology of central Ontario. Canadian Archaeological Association, Hilton London Ontario, London, ON, Canada, May 2014.
  • Conference paper: “What is ‘Open Data’? What it can mean for the practice of archaeology in Ontario”, Session on Local perspectives on the archaeology of central Ontario. Canadian Archaeological Association, Hilton London Ontario, London, ON, Canada, May 2014.

2013

  • Invited paper: “Geovisual perspectives on late 20th century Indian archaeology: putting ‘place’ in visualization”, Session on Seeing, Thinking, Doing: Visualization as Knowledge Creation, Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG)-On-Sea 2013, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK, Dec. 2013.
  • Invited poster: “Rakhaldas Banerji’s ‘pre-Buddhist’ period at Mohenjodaro: Insight on the social context of archaeology in colonial India”, Harappan and Regional Chalcolithic Cultures of Greater Indus Region: an International Conference on Indus civilization, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, Nov. 2013.
  • Session Organizer (co-chaired with Bernard Means): Spatial approaches to the history of archaeology. Sponsored by the History of Archaeology Interest Group (HAIG), Society for American Archaeology, Hawai’i Convention Centre, Honolulu, HI, USA, Apr. 2013.
  • Conference paper: “Geopolitical concerns, national interests and the case of Sanghol in Indian archaeology”, Session on Spatial approaches to the history of archaeology. Society for American Archaeology, Hawai’i Convention Centre, Honolulu, HI, USA, Apr. 2013.

 

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