Shanti Pappu

Dr Shanti Pappu is a professional archeologist, interested both in research and in making the subject interesting for people, especially for children. She is Secretary, Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, based in Chennai and Pune.

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    Most of the time Selvi's little village of peanut farmers lies forgotten. But once a year it springs to life – when the archaeologists come to excavate the river-bed for tools of prehistoric ancestors. These ancestors were hominids who lived more than half a million years ago, and their stone tools are what the villagers call chakka kal, meaning 'shining...