Dr. Parth R. Chauhan

Stone Age Institute & Department of Anthropology

Indiana University, USA

Research Associate



2005 Ph.D., Archaeology & Prehistory, University of Sheffield, U.K

1998 M.A., Archaeology, Deccan College Post-Graduate & Research Institute, India

1996 B.A., Anthropology (Minor in History), Rutgers University, USA

Research Fields

Paleolithic Archaeology



Human Evolution



Quaternary sciences

Experimental Archaeology


Stone Tool Studies

Archaeological survey

Publications (Selected)

  1. Chauhan, P.R. 2013. Lion figurine from Abhayagiri. Current Science. In press.
  2. Shaik, S. and Chauhan, P.R. 2013. Bandarjari: A new rock art site near Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh. Heritage & Us 2 (2): 32-37.
  3. Chauhan P.R. (2012). Paleoanthropology of the Narmada Basin. Heritage & Us 1 (2): 17-26.
  4. Chauhan, P.R. (2011).  Some general thoughts on Lower Paleolithic technological dispersals: Implications for understanding the Movius Line. In Handaxes in the Imjin Basin (Diversity and variability in the East Asian Paleolithic). Edited by S. Yi. Seoul National University Press, Seoul. Pp. 83-126. Proceedings of the First Paleolithic Conference, South Korea, October 2008.
  5. Chauhan, P.R. (2010).    Metrical variability between South Asian handaxe assemblages: preliminary observations. In New Perspectives on Old Stones: Analytical Approaches to Palaeolithic Technologies. S.J. Lycett & P.R. Chauhan (Eds).   Springer Press, pp. 119-166.
  6. Chauhan, P.R. (2010).   The Indian subcontinent and ‘Out of Africa I’.  In: Out of Africa I: The First Hominins of Eurasia.  J. Fleagle, J. Shea and R. Leakey (Eds.).  Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series. Springer Press, pp. 145-164.
  7. Chauhan, P.R. (2010).   Core-and-flake assemblages of Central & Peninsular India.  In: Asian Paleoanthropology: From Africa to China and Beyond. C.J. Norton and D. Braun (Eds.). Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series. Springer Press, pp. 113-128.
  8. Williams, M.A.J., Ambrose, S.H., van der Kaars, S., Ruehlemann, C., Chattopadhyaya, U., Pal, J., Chauhan, P.R. (2010).   Reply to the Comment on ‘Environmental impact of the 73 ka Toba super-eruption in South Asia’, by Martin A. J. Williams, Stanley H. Ambrose, Sander van der Kaars, Carsten Ruehlemann, Umesh Chattopadhyaya, Jagannath Pal, Parth R. Chauhan [Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 284 (2009) 295-314]. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 296: 204-211.
  9. Chauhan, P.R. (2010).    Comment on 'Lower and Early Middle Pleistocene Acheulian in the Indian Sub-Continent' by Gaillard et al. 2009 (Quaternary International). Quaternary International 223-224:248-259.

  10. Lycett, S.J., Chauhan, P.R., Eds. (2010). New Perspectives on Old Stones: Analytical Approaches to Palaeolithic Technologies. Netherlands, Springer Press.

  11. Camps, M., Chauhan, P.R., Eds. (2009). Sourcebook of Paleolithic Transitions: Methods, Theories, and Interpretations. Netherlands, Springer Press.

  12. Patnaik, R., Chauhan, P.R. (2009).   India at the crossroads of human evolution. Journal of Biosciences 34(5): 729-747. (Volume guest editors: S. Bajpai and A. Sahni)
  13. Williams, M.A.J., Ambrose, S.H., van der Kaars, S., Ruehlemann, C., Chattopadhyaya, U., Pal, J., Chauhan, P.R. (2009). Environmental impact of the 73 ka Toba super-eruption in South Asia.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 284: 295-314.
  14. Chauhan, P.R. (2009).  The South Asian Paleolithic record and its potential for transitions studies.  In Sourcebook of Paleolithic Transitions: Methods, Theories and Interpretations.  M. Camps & P.R. Chauhan (Eds.).  Springer Press. Pp. 121-139.
  15. Chauhan, P.R. (2009).   The Lower Paleolithic of the Indian Subcontinent.  Evolutionary Anthropology 18:62-78.
  16. Patnaik, R., Chauhan, P.R., Rao, M.R., Blackwell, B.A.B., Skinner, A.R., Sahni, A., Chauhan, M.S. Khan, H.S. (2009). New geochronological, palaeoclimatological and Palaeolithic data from the Narmada Valley hominin locality, central India.  Journal of Human Evolution 56:114-133.
  17. Chauhan, P.R. (2009).    Early Homo occupation near the Gate of Tears: Examining the paleoanthropological records of Djibouti and Yemen.  In: Hovers, E., Braun, D. (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Oldowan.  Kluwer-Academic Press.  Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series. Pp. 49-59.
  18. Chauhan, P.R., Ali Othman, S., Al-Mikhlafi, A., Al-Ma'ammary, A. (2008). The Bab al-Mandab Paleoanthropology Project in Yemen. Online Project Gallery in Antiquity (December issue).
  19. Chauhan, P.R. (2008).  Large mammal fossil occurrences and associated archaeological evidence in Pleistocene contexts of peninsular India and Sri Lanka.  Quaternary International 192(1):21-42.
  20. Chauhan, P.R., Patnaik, R. (2008).  The Narmada Basin Paleoanthropology Project (central India).  Online Project Gallery in Antiquity (September issue).
  21. Chauhan, P.R. (2008).  Soanian lithic occurrences and raw material exploitation in the Siwalik Frontal zone, northern India: a geoarchaeological perspective.  Journal of Human Evolution. 54 (5), 591-614.
  22. Chauhan, P.R. (2007).  Soanian cores and core-tools from Toka, northern India: towards a new typo-technological organization.  Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 26: 412-441
  23. Chauhan, P.R. (2007).  Human Origins Studies in India: Position, Problems, and Prospects.  Proceedings of National Conference on Human Origins, Genome, and Peoples of India.  Organized by the Anthropological Survey of India.  March 22-24, 2004.

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