Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar

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Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar (M. K. Dhavalikar, 16 May 1930 – 27 March 2018) was an Indian historian and archaeologist.

Life and career[edit]

Dhavalikar was born in 1930 at Patas, Bombay State (now Maharashtra), he received B.A. in Economics and Political Science in 1952 and M.A. in 1958. He received Ph.D. in Archaeology in 1964 from University of Poona for work in ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology,[1]

He served the Archaeological Survey of India as Technical Assistant from 1953 to 1965, he was a lecturer in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology at the Nagpur University from 1965 to 1967. He served Deccan College, Pune, as Reader in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology from 1967 to 1982, and as Professor from 1982 to 1990, he held the positions of Joint-Director (1982–1985) and Director (1985–1990).[1]

Along with Z. D. Ansari, he conducted excavations at Kayatha during 1967-68.[2] Dhavalikar dated the discovered site to a period spanning from 2400 BCE to 2000 BCE (though Gregory Possehl places it between 2200 BCE and 2000 BCE).[3]


Dhavalikar was awarded the fellowship of the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (2010), and the Ravindranath Tagore Fellowship in Cultural Research by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India (2010). He received India's fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri in 2011.[4]



  1. ^ a b "Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar: Basic Biographical information". Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer. 2014. pp. 2121–2122. 
  2. ^ Ranjit Pratap Singh (2008). Vinod Chandra Srivastava, ed. History of Agriculture in India, Up to C. 1200 A.D. Concept. p. 310. ISBN 9788180695216. 
  3. ^ P. K. Basant (2012). The City and the Country in Early India: A Study of Malwa. Primus. pp. 78–81. ISBN 9789380607153. 
  4. ^ "Five prominent Puneites honoured with Padma awards". Retrieved 2 February 2011.