Prof. B. B. Lal: My reminiscences

Prof. B. B. Lal, Eminent archaeologist who rediscovered India’s ancient civilization buried under colonial barrage

Subhash Walimbe

Formal faculty, Deccan College PGRI, Pune 411 006

Braj Basi Lal, usually addressed as B.B. Lal, a doyen in the field of Archaeology, passed away recently, on 10th September 2022, at the age of 101. Born on 2nd May 1921 in village Baidora, District Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, Prof. B.B. Lal grew up with a passion for ancient Indian history and Hindu epics. He graduated with a master’s degree in Sanskrit from Allahabad University and trained under then-ASI head Sir Mortimer Wheeler. At the outset of his archaeological journey that started in 1944, he explored sites at Taxila, Punjab, followed by Harappan remains. Later, he joined the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and excelled to become its Director General, from 1968 to 1972. He also served as Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. Prof Lal’s contribution to various UNESCO committees is commendable. An e-book titled “Prof. B. B. Lal -India rediscovered” was released by the