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Renowned archaeologist Dr S R Rao felicitated by society

October 06, 2005

Octogenarian Dr S R Rao, the world renowned archaeologist who claimed to have discovered now submerged the mythological city of Dwaraka built by Lord Krishna, was felicitated by the Society of Marine Archaeology here today.

Dr N P S Varde, Director, Department of Science, Technology and Environment, presented him a memento in presence of Deputy Director of the National Institute of Oceanography Dr N B Bhosle and Secretary of the society Dr K V Vora besides top archaeologists across the country.

It was under the initiative of Dr Rao that the NIO opened a marine archaeology research centre in 1981, under the stewardship of then director Dr S Z Quazim, which grew into a world recognised body.

Dr Rao (84) was also the founder of the society in 1989 at Jamnagar in Gujarat. He had supervised excavation of several historic sites across the country in the West and South. He was also associated with conservation of monuments suh as Taj Mahal and forts.

More than 100 archaeologists are participating in the national conference on marine archaeology of the Indian Ocean countries being organised under the aegis of the society.

A documentary film 'Where Science Meets the Past', dealing with the activities of the NIO's marine archaeology centre, was screened on the occasion.


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