Areas of interest: Archeology, Ancient Indian History and Culture, Rock Art
Dr. Vishwasrao H. Sonawane had pursued his Ph D from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, where he later served as a Professor of Archaeology and Ancient Indian History & Culture, and Director of Field Archaeology. In his dedicated academic service of 36 years, Prof Sonawane has worked on various aspects of Prehistoric, Proto-historic and Historic Archaeology besides Rock Art, and has been associated with important premier academic-governance bodies of the country 15 like Society of South Asian Archaeology; Vice-President, Rock Art Society of India; Central Advisory Board of Archaeology (ASI); Member, Advisory and Monitoring Committee for Marine Archaeology Centre of the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, UGC Representative on the Management Council of the Deccan College, Pune, Principal Investigator of the National Institute of Ocean Technology Project, Chennai and Convener UGC XI Plan Visiting Team for Deccan College, Pune etc. Prof. Sonawane carried out extensive research work encompassing a wide range of areas, including Rock Art of Gujarat and Harappan and Harappan Affiliated Chalcolithic Settlements for the first time in Gujarat. Apart from his active involvement in achieving the World Heritage status for Pavagadh, Champaner, and the discovery of intact Zinc furnaces at Zawar in Rajasthan, his contributions for Gujarat securing her permanent place in the field of Rock Art in the country is also recognized. Prof. Sonawane participated and made presentations at more than 100 National and International Seminars and conferences.