Beta Analytic Supports Conference of Women Archaeologists Working in South Asia

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Andrew Pal, Beta Analytic’s head of India operations, has participated in the First Annual Conference of the International Association for Women Archaeologists Working in South Asia (IAWAWSA). The conference was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, from August 22 to August 24, 2011.

“It was an excellent conference with 15-20 senior scholars and around 100 students in attendance. I’ve met some current clients working on the archaeology of South Asia. Many local archaeologists, however, aren’t aware that Beta Analytic already has a sample forwarding office in New Delhi. Attending conferences like this allows us to introduce our local facility and at the same time be updated of the ongoing archaeological researches in the region,” Mr. Pal says.

One of the presentations at the 2011 IAWAWSA

The keynote address speaker of the event was Dr. Kathleen Morrison, a Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago. She has been conducting archaeological research in South Asia since 1985. Also in attendance was Dr. Parth R. Chauhan of the Stone Age Institute (USA), who facilitated a workshop on stone tools and various aspects of Paleolithic archaeology and lithic studies.

The 1st IAWAWSA Annual Conference on the Archaeology of South Asia was co-sponsored and hosted by the Archaeology Forum, Center for Historical Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Mr. Andrew Pal at IAWAWSA 2011


The IAWAWSA aims to build a network of and for women archaeologists around the world conducting archaeological researches in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Tibet. One of its missions is to promote gender equity in the field of South Asian archaeology. The organization provides conferences, workshops, and other opportunities for professional development.

According to the IAWAWSA, although the organization is created for women archaeologists it is not intended to be exclusive or discriminatory. The organization is still in the process of attaining its non-profit status in the US.

Beta Analytic’s AMS Dating Services in India

To better serve its clients in South Asia particularly in India, Beta Analytic opened a sample forwarding in New Delhi in December 2010. Archaeologists, anthropologists, and cultural resource program managers now have a cost-effective way of sending samples for AMS dating to the Beta Analytic lab in Miami. All packages sent to the New Delhi office are forwarded to Miami via overnight courier service at Beta Analytic’s expense.

ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited Beta Analytic supports South Asia researchers by providing them high-quality radiocarbon dates made available in 15 business days or less. For more information, visit


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