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Shahnaj Husne Jahan, Ph.D

Director, CAS

Dr. Shahnaj Husne Jahan is a professor and the director of the Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS). She is involved in teaching and research in the field of art history, culture and archaeology of South Asia. She completed MA in Islamic Art & Archaeology from the Department of Islamic History & Culture, University of Dhaka in 1991 by securing 1st Class 1st position in the combined merit list and also earned the distinction of scoring record marks, which is the highest obtained so far in the history of the Department). She completed her M. Phil degree in 1997 and doctoral research titled “Sailing Across Seven Seas: A Study of Maritime Trade in Bengal (prior to the arrival of the Portuguese)” in 2004, both from the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology in Deccan College Post-graduate and Research Institute, Pune, India.
She is the author of Excavating Waves and Winds of (Ex)change: A Study of Maritime Trade in Early Bengal and editor of Abhijñan: Studies in South Asian Archaeology and Art History of Artefacts, both published by the British Archaeological Reports (BAR) International Series, Oxford in 2006 and 2009 respectively. She has also prepared a Cumulative Index to the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh: 1956-2005, which was published by the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh in 2005. Besides, she has a number of research papers on archaeology and art history published in renowned journals and edited books at home and abroad to her credit.


Ahmed Sharif

Lecturer and Research Associate, CAS.

Ahmed Sharif is currently a Lecturer and Research Associate at the Centre for Archaeological Studies, ULAB. He is also a research student at the Department of Archaeology of Jhanginagar University. Ahmed completed his BSS and MSS in Archaeology from Jahanginagar University, Bangladesh. He has had eight years  of experience in the field of archaeological research, particularly in “field archaeology” in country’s most prestigious university like Jahangirnagar University. Ahmed has also  conducted many archaeological survey programs and participated several archaeological excavation programs in north western part of Bangladesh since 2002. Ahmed Sharif’s research interests are: Material Culture, Field Archaeology (archaeological survey & excavation), Alluvial Geoarchaeology, Community Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management and Archaeology of Early Medieval Bengal.


Syeda Nishita Aurnab

Lecturer and Research Associate, CAS

Syeda Nishita Aurnab is a lecturer and Research Associate at the CAS. She completed her undergraduate in archaeology from the University of Wales and postgraduate from Durham University in the UK. She did her O and A Levels in Dhaka. She used to write on history and archaeology for The Daily Star’s section for children and young adults. Nishita Aurnab’s interest in Egypt received a huge boost when she visited the fascinating archaeological sites. Her interests lie in British, Egyptian and South Asian archaeology. She also participated in a few excavations in England and Wales. Nishita Aurnab also gained experience at museums in London whilst she was in England for her studies.



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