One of the eminent archaeologists of post-Independent India, Virendra Nath Misra passed away in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 81.
He was best known as the doyen of Indian prehistoric archaeology and for his extensive field studies and excavations in Central India and Rajasthan. In these two regions, he had made several significant contributions to the reconstruction of India’s prehistoric past.
About Virendra Nath Misra
- VN Misra hailed from Uttar Pradesh and joined Pune based Deccan College after completing his .G. degree in Anthropology from Lucknow University.
- He also had served as Director of Deccan College in 2000 and had retired as Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology in 1995.
- In 1977, he had founded a dedicated society for pre-historic studies and started an international research journal – Man and Environment.
- Notable achievements: Excavations at the world heritage site of Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh and the 6,000-year-old site of Balathal in Rajasthan. These excavations are considered as the turning points in history of ancient India.
- Awards: Madhya Pradesh government had awarded him prestigious VS Wakankar Award for his contribution to pre-history of India.