Brief History of Excavation Branch –I, Nagpur
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the Ministry of Culture, is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation. Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance is the prime concern of the ASI. Besides it regulate all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
For the maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance the entire country is divided into 24 Circles. The organization has a large work force of trained archaeologists, conservators, epigraphist, architects and scientists for conducting archaeological research projects through its Circles, Museums, Excavation Branches, Prehistory Branch, Epigraphy Branches, Science Branch, Horticulture Branch, Building Survey Project, Temple Survey Projects and Underwater Archaeology Wing.
Excavation branch – I Nagpur establish in the year 1944 with the Head quarter at New Delhi and shifted to the Old High Court Building Nagpur in the year 1958. The Excavation Branch was established to carry out archaeological excavations/explorations aimed at studying and bringing forth the rich cultural legacy of the country. To achieve this objective, the Branch has been undertaking explorations/excavations works since its inception. The important excavations carried out by the Branch enumerated below.
Objectives of the Branch
To carrying out problem-oriented survey including exploration and excavation of ancient sites and mounds.
- Preparation of reports based on the field work
- Interaction with various universities and research institutions.
- Impart training to the students of archaeology on various aspects of heritage studies.
- Conduct public awareness programs etc.