Archaeological Survey of India
|Archaeological Survey of India|
|Headquarters||Janpath, New Delhi, India - 110011|
|Parent organization||Ministry of Culture, Government of India|
|Budget||555 INR paisa (2013-2014)|
The Archaeological Survey of India (भारतीय पुरातत्व सर्वेक्षण) is an Indian government agency in the Department of Culture that is responsible for archaeological studies and the preservation of cultural monuments. According to its website, the ASI's function is to "explore, excavate, conserve, preserve and protect the monuments and sites of National & International Importance."
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is the successor of the Asiatic Society of British archaeologist Sir William Jones, founded January 15, 1784. In 1788 it begun to publish a journal The Asiatic Researches and in 1814 built its first museum in Bengal.
The ASI in its current form was founded in 1861 under British colonial administration by Sir Alexander Cunningham with the help of the then Viceroy Canning. At the time, its domain also included Afghanistan. When Mortimer Wheeler became Director-General in 1944, the head-office of the Survey was located at the Railway Board building in Simla. After independence, it came under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites And Remains Act of 1958.
ASI administers 3636 monuments it has declared to be of national importance under the provisions of the Antiquity and Art Treasure Act 1972.
- 1871 - 1885 Sir Alexander Cunningham
- 1886 - 1889 Dr James Burgess
- 1902 - 1928 Sir John Marshall
- 1928 - 1931 Harold Hargreaves
- 1931 - 1935 Rai Bahadur Daya Ram Sahni
- 1935 - 1937 J. F. Blakiston
- 1937 - 1944 Rao Bahadur K.N. Dikshit
- 1944 - 1948 Sir Mortimer Wheeler
- 1948 - 1950 N. P. Chakravarti
- 1950 - 1953 Madhav Swaroop Vats
- 1953 - 1968 A. Ghosh
- 1968 - 1972 B. B. Lal
- 1972 - Deshpande (archaeologist)
- B. K. Thapar (archaeologist)
- Current: C. Babu Rajeev
See also 
- List of World Heritage Sites in India.
- Dholavira Ancient Metropolitan City. Application is pending for World Heritage Site.
- Survey of India is India's central agency in charge of mapping and surveying.
- Geological Survey of India conducts geological surveys and studies.
- Mahabalipuram (Underwater city)
- Archaeological Survey of India, Official website
- World Heritage Site, All Tentative Sites, Here is an overview of all tentative lists, last updated January 2007.
- World Heritage, Tentative Lists, State : India.
- Dholavira: a Harappan City, Disstt, Kachchh, Gujarat, India, India (Asia and the Pacific), Date of Submission: 03/07/1998 , Submission prepared by : Archaeological Survey of India, Coordinates: 23°53'10" N, 70°11'03" E, Ref.: 1090
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