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Journal of Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

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Pragjyotish Centre for Cultural Research (PCCR), INDIA



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About the Journal

Aim and Scope

The Abhidha Journal of Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage is a Peer-Reviewed, Refereed, Annual periodical published by Pragjyotish Centre for Cultural Research (PCCR), India. It is online as well as printed. It publishes original papers on all aspects/issues of Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. Therefore, in seeking to direct the journal’s critical perspectives toward research and creative contextualisation, we welcome papers that take a multi-disciplinary and methodological approach to the suppositions that have significantly influenced the study of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, Art History and Aesthetics, History, Visual Culture, Cultural Studies, Semiotics and Linguistics, Anthropology, Ethnography and Ethnology, Creative Industries focusing on North East India, South Asia and South East Asia.

The Editorial Team aims to circulate meaningful, influential papers to the global community of scholars and readers. As such, we publish papers with significant scholarly value that will appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike and will advance our understanding of the journal’s subject areas. Given the journal’s wide scope, the research papers submitted must rise above the limitation of narrow, confined studies, and must present insights into issues of general interest to scholars.

The Editorial Team welcomes submissions of manuscripts related to the Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage from academics, scholars, cultural practitioners, professionals and students.

Editorial Team


Dr. Manjil Hazarika

Assistant Professor and Head (i/c)

Department of Archaeology,

Cotton University Guwahati, Assam, INDIA

Email: [email protected]




Pragjyotish Centre for Cultural Research, (PCCR)                              

Assam, INDIA

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Dr. Neetu Agarwal

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

Avadh Girls’ PG College, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Nishaant Choksi

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Moushumi Kandali

Assistant Professor

Department of Cultural Studies

Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Amrita Gupta Singh

Program Director

Mohile Parikh Center

Mumbai, INDIA

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Editorial Board

Dr. Shiela Bora

Adjunct Professor

Department of Archaeology, Cotton University, Guwahati

Professor (Retd.), Department of History and Coordinator (Retd.), Centre for Tourism Management, Dibrugarh University, Assam

Convenor, Assam State Chapter, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. K.N. Dikshit

Former Joint Director General, Archaeological Survey of India

General Secretary, Indian Archaeological Society, New Delhi, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Baishali Ghosh

Assistant Professor

Department of Fine Arts

Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, University of Hyderabad

Prof. C. R. Rao Road Gachibowli, Hyderabad -500 046, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Sandeep Joshi

Artist and Art Historian, Vadodara, Gujarat, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Javed Khatri

Assistant Professor

School of Liberal Studies and Education

Navrachana University, Vadodara, Gujarat, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Paul A. Yule


Sprachen und Kulturen des Vorderen Orients - Semitistik

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Schulgasse, Heidelberg, GERMANY

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Boon Kia Meng

Deputy Dean (Research & Innovation)

Faculty of Cinematic Arts

Multimedia University, MALAYSIA

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Dr. Sheila Mishra

Professor (Retd.) and Former Head

Department of Archaeology

Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Jayaram Poduval

Assistant Professor and Head

Department of Art History and Aesthetics

Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. N.R. Ramesh

Former Additional Director General

Geological Survey of India

Former Head of the Department, Remote Sensing & Aerial Surveys

Formerly Professor of Geology, Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Sufi Mostafizur Rahman


Department of Archaeology

Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, BANGLADESH

Formerly Professor of Geology, Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Bina Sengar

Assistant Professor

Department of History and Ancient Indian Culture

School of Social Sciences

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Aurangabad, Maharashtra, INDIA

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Dr. Chandan Kumar Sharma


Dept. of Sociology

Head, Dept. of Social Work

Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam, INDIA

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Dr. Dong Hoon Shin       

Professor and Chair

Lab of Bioanthropology, Paleopathology and History of Diseases

Department of Anatomy, Institute of Forensic and Anthropological Science

Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Vasant Shinde

Director General

National Maritime Heritage Complex, Lothal, Gujarat

Former Vice Chancellor, Deccan College, Post- Graduate and Research Institute, Deemed University, Pune, INDIA

Email: [email protected]

Dr. George van Driem

Director and Chair of Historical Linguistics

Institute of Linguistics

University of Bern, Bern, SWITZERLAND

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Guidelines to Authors 

Submission of Manuscript

1Papers should be submitted through the online submission by email to [email protected] and before submitting your paper/manuscript please ensure that it is prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines below.

2. The manuscript/paper should show the sufficient evidence of research (as a research paper or comprehensive review) and must be unpublished previously.

3. Authors must send an abstract of the paper within 250 words and 5 Keywords. The authors may add Acknowledgements, if necessary.

4. All manuscripts must be in font style of Times New Roman, size 12 and submitted only in Microsoft Word format.

5. All paragraphs and body text justified and single-spaced.

6. All manuscripts should follow the MLA style manual. The paper must not exceed 8000 words, including tables and references.

7. The manuscript should be well-organized in the sequence of Introduction, Material and Methods, Findings and Results, Interpretation and Discussion, Conclusion and References.

8. The title page should include: 

  • Title of the paper.
  • Author names and affiliations: Provide affiliations for all authors (where the work was done) including full institution name and country.
  • Abstract: A concise and factual abstract not exceeding 250 words is required.
  • Keywords: Immediately following the abstract provide a minimum of five keywords.

9. All quoted, reproduced material should be clearly referenced.

10. Correct and complete referencing of quoted and reproduced material is the obligation of the author. In the text, references should be inserted in parentheses in full.

11. Contents should be author’s own words, ideas, findings, and arguments.

12. If authors use reference from out-sources, authors should cite the relevant source giving credit to the original author/contributor.

13. Set page size to A4.

14. Margins: Top and bottom – 2.54 cm; left and right – 2.54 cm (Microsoft Word "Normal").

15. Tables should be created within a Microsoft Word document, should fit onto one A4 page and should be numbered and captioned below the table, centre-aligned. Please do not insert tables as images and ensure that all tables are referenced at least once in the main body of the text.

16. The authors may embed the figures, plates and maps in the manuscript, but these images are to be sent separately as JPEG (or any compatible format) images with minimum 300 dpi resolution.

17. All figures and images must be inserted in a JPEG image format, within the page margins, and be centered. Do not insert loose objects such as arrows, lines or text boxes. Please include figure number and caption below the figure (Fig. 1: Caption), centre aligned. Please ensure that all figures are referenced at least once in the main body of the text.

18. Please list the figures, plates, maps and tables and include the callouts by number (for example: Fig. 1,2,3…; Plate 1,2,3…, Map 1,2,3…, and Table 1,2,3…) of all these in the text accordingly. Please give the required copyright credits.

19. Use British English spelling and punctuation throughout the manuscript. If you are quoting previously published materials, then please quote these as in the original.

20. Words in local language must be italicised and the meaning (or an explanation) should be given in bracket after each of these words in the first instance.

21. References should be single-spaced. Each reference should be indented after the first line with a 1-cm hanging indent.

22. The journal follows author-date system (for example Agrawal 1982: 60; Ansari and Dhavalikar 1970: 25) for referencing throughout the journal. Please avoid endnotes and footnotes. All the reference entries in the text should be included in the list of references at the end of the manuscript. Below are some examples of the referencing style that we shall follow: 

           Said, Edward W.  Culture and Imperialism. Knopf, 1994.

           Agrawal, D.P. The Archaeology of India. London: Curzon Press, 1982.

           Bagchi, Alaknanda. "Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of the Subaltern in Mahasweta Devi's Bashai Tudu." Tulsa Studies   in Women's Literature, vol. 15, no. 1, 1996, pp. 41-50.

           Misra, V.N. and P. Bellwood (eds). Recent Advances in Indo-Pacific Prehistory. New Delhi: Oxford and IBH Publishing Co, 1985.

           Paddayya, K. Theoretical Archaeology – A Review, In Recent Advances in Indian Archaeology – Proceedings of the Seminar held in Poona in  1983, eds. S.B. Deo and K. Paddayya, 6-22. Poona: Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, 1985.

           Slemon, Stephen. “The Scramble for Post-Colonialism” in Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin (eds.) The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, London and New York: Routledge, 1995.

           Devy, G. N.  Of Many Heroes: An Indian Essay in Literary Historiography. Mumbai: Orient Longman Ltd, 1998.

Review of Paper/Manuscript 

    1. The manuscript will be numbered and sent to the reviewer for review-report.

    2. The author/s will be intimated of the review and the process will take a maximum period of 15 – 20 days.

Peer Review and Publication Policy 

Peer Review Policy: 

All submissions to Abhidha Journal of Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage are subjected to a peer-review process. Papers/Manuscripts are first reviewed by editors. The editorial office first checks each manuscript for plagiarism. After passing the plagiarism check, manuscripts that are  found suitable for review are then sent to two subject experts in the field of the paper. Reviewers of a paper are unknown to each other. Abhidha Journal reserves rights to assign additional reviewers when needed. Generally, all selected reviewers are asked to declare their competing interests, if any. Reviewers are asked to classify the paper as accept, reject or request revisions (minor and major) for the submitted paper/manuscript. Reviewers’ evaluations usually will include an explicit recommendation of what to do with the manuscript. Reviewers’ comments are then seen by the author.

Blind Peer Review by Expert Peer Reviewers

We send the original, unpublished paper for review to experts in the related field for a blind review process: authors are not told who reviewed their paper and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. The reviewers give their advice on publication opportunity, together with their observations to the editor, which will transmit them to the authors. If the referents have contrary opinions, the editor may ask the opinion of a third referent. The Editorial Team takes decision after the review is complete.

The papers will be primarily tested for plagiarism. If the paper is suspected of plagiarism, it will be automatically rejected. If the paper is accepted we send a notification to the corresponding author who should remit the final format of the accepted manuscript within three working days and authors have to complete all process of copyright agreement.

The Objectives of the Peer Review Process Include 

To assess the quality of the paper before publication, the review decides whether a paper is fit for publication or not to provide expert assessment of the quality and soundness of the submission under review; to provide guidance to the editorial decision-maker in making an informed, fair, and objective decision on whether to accept, accept subject to changes, or reject; to provide guidance to authors on improvements to their submission.

Publication Policy

The Abhidha Journal of Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage publishes types of original research papers, review papers, and book reviews that are reviewed and judged by the Editorial Board. Abhidha aims to publish original research results while maintaining a rigorous review process. For accepting a manuscript/paper for publication in Abhidha the main criteria are Originality, Quality, Innovation, Critical Analysis and as per aims and ethics of the journal. The author/ authors are solely responsible for submitted research works and the published title / content / theory / image / charts / tables/ or any other data presented in publication. The Publisher or The Managing Editor or Editorial Team does not take any responsibility for any copyright claim or misuse or open access use or indexing or affiliation or approval claim from author/authors or any third party. The authors should note that there is no submission fee to meet the cost of website management charges, server and website update and maintenance, manuscript handling, review process, typesetting, copy-editing, language correction, tagging and indexing of articles, printing, electronic composition and production, hosting the final article on dedicated servers, electronic archiving, office cum admin expenses and other recurring expenses.

Publication Ethics


Abhidha aims to ensure that best practice and ethical standards are maintained by journal editors, authors and reviewers. Abhidha editors and reviewers are required to assess manuscripts fairly and maintain confidentiality. Authors must ensure that research submitted to Abhidha journal is their own original work and is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere. Editors and Editorial Board Members/ Reviewers should not use unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research purposes without the authors’ explicit written consent. Privileged information or ideas obtained by editors as a result of handling the manuscript will be kept confidential and not used for their personal advantage. Editors will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers. In the event that this kind of conflict arises, they will ask another member of the editorial board to handle the manuscript.




Manuscript submissions are checked with anti-plagiarism software for exact or near-exact matches in the public domain to satisfy the editor that the submitted manuscript has not been plagiarised. However, when authors submit their manuscripts for consideration in the Abhidha journal, they declare that their work is not plagiarised. While the Editors makes reasonable efforts to determine the academic integrity of papers published in the journal, the ultimate responsibility for the originality of submitted manuscripts thus lies with the author. Plagiarism takes place when one author deliberately uses another’s work without permission, credit, or acknowledgment. Authors must always remember that crediting the work of others (including the advisor’s or own previous work) is paramount. Authors should always place their work in the context of the advancement of the field and acknowledge the findings of others on which authors have built their research.

Submission Fee

There is no submission fee for the Abhidha Journal of Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage.

Page and Colour Charges

There are no page or colour charges for the Abhidha Journal of Art, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. 


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