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Nayanjot Lahiri is a historian and archaeologist of ancient India and a professor of history at Ashoka University.[1][2] She was previously on the faculty of the department of history at the University of Delhi.[3]

Nayanjot Lahiri
Known forWork in Archaeology
AwardsJohn F. Richards, Infosys Prize
Scientific career
InstitutionsProfessor of History at Ashoka University

She is the winner of the 2013 Infosys Prize, in the humanities, for her work in archaeology[4][5] and the 2016 awardee of the John F. Richards prize for her book Ashoka in Ancient India.[6]


Her books include The Archaeology of Indian Trade Routes (1992) and Finding Forgotten Cities (2005). She has edited The Decline and Fall of the Indus Civilization (2000) and an issue of World Archaeology entitled The Archaeology of Hinduism (2004).[7]


  • Ashoka in Ancient India. Harvard University Press. 2015. ISBN 9780674057777.
  • Finding Forgotten Cities: How the Indus Civilization was discovered. Hachette India. 2012. ISBN 9789350094198.
  • With Singh, Upinder, eds. (2010). Ancient India: new research. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198068303.


  1. ^ Trautman, Thomas (May 2016). "Ashoka in Ancient India (book review)". H-net. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Walk back to the past: Take a tour of the Harappan civilisation in a Delhi museum".
  3. ^ "Ashoka University". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Prof. Nayanjot Lahiri". Infosys Science Foundation. 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  5. ^ "2013 Infosys Science Prize Winners Announced". India Today. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Nayanjot Lahiri bags prize for book on Ashoka".
  7. ^ Lahiri, Nayanjot (2005). Finding Forgotten Cities. Ranikhet: Permanent Black. ISBN 978-8178244648.