My research programme addresses geospatial and digital methods in anti-colonial, decolonial, postcolonial and Indigenous heritage studies.


PhD Anthropology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

MSc GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology, University College London, London, England

BSc (Honours) Archaeological Science (Anthropology), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Gupta, N., A. Martindale, K. Supernant, and M. Elvidge. (2023). The CARE Principles, and the Reuse, Sharing and Curation of Indigenous Data in Canadian Archaeology. Advances in Archaeological Practice,11(1), 76-89. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/aap.2022.33

Nicholson, C., S. Kansa, N. Gupta, and R. Fernandez. (2023). Will it Ever Be FAIR? Making Archaeological Data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. Advances in Archaeological Practice, 11(1), 63-75. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/aap.2022.40

Gupta, N. and R. Nicholas. (2022). Being Seen, Being Heard: Ownership in Archaeology and Digital Heritage (Guest Editorial). Archaeologies, 18(3), 495-509. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11759-022-09465-y ; http://hdl.handle.net/2429/83171

Gupta, N., N. Bonneau, and M. Elvidge. (2022). Connecting Past to Present: Enacting Indigenous Data Governance Principles in Westbank First Nation’s Archaeology and Digital Heritage. Archaeologies, 18(3), 623-650. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11759-022-09466-x ; http://hdl.handle.net/2429/83410

*Bavi, A., and N. Gupta. (2022). Gamification of Digital Heritage as An Approach to Improving Museum and Art Gallery Engagement for Blind and Partially Sighted Visitors. Archaeologies, 18(3), 585-622. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11759-022-09461-2

Gupta, N., R. Nicholas, and S. Blair. (2022). Postcolonial and Indigenous Perspectives in Digital Archaeology. In Ethan Watrall and Lynne Goldstein (Eds.), Digital Heritage and Archaeology in Practice (pp. 241-274). University Press Florida. http://hdl.handle.net/2429/82213

Gupta, N. (2020). Preparing Archaeological Data for Spatial Analysis. In Archaeological Spatial Analysis: A Methodological Guide, M. Gillings, P. Haciguzeller and G. Lock (eds.), pp. 17-40, Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351243858-2 ; http://hdl.handle.net/2429/73588

Gupta, N., S. Blair and R. Nicholas. (2020). What We See, What We Don’t See: Data Governance, Archaeological Spatial Databases and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in an Age of Big Data. Journal of Field Archaeology, https://doi.org/10.1080/00934690.2020.1713969

Gupta, N. and R. Devillers. (2017). Geographic Visualization in Archaeology. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-016-9298-7 ; http://research.library.mun.ca/12144/

Gupta, N. (2016). Indian Archaeology in the Shadow of the Babri Masjid. Antiquity doi

Lesage, L., N. Gupta and G. Sioui. (2016). Circles of Interaction. In “Multidisciplinary Investigations into Huron-Wendat and St. Lawrence Iroquoian Connections”, N. Gupta and L. Lesage (eds.), Ontario Archaeology, 96, 3-6. OA Volume 96

Gupta, N. and B. K. Means. (2015). Introduction to Geographic and Spatial Approaches in the History of Archaeology. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 25 (2): 1, 1-4. doi

Gupta, N. (2015). Social and Political Factors in Post-Colonial Indian Archaeology: The Case of Sanghol, Punjab. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 25 (2): 8, 1-13. doi

Gupta, N. (2013). What Do Spatial Approaches to the History of Archaeology Tell Us? Insights from Post-Colonial India. Complutum (Special Issue on History of Archaeology), 24 (2): 189-201. doi

Gupta, N. (2013). Cultural Continuity, Identity and Archaeological Practice in the Indian Context. In Human Expeditions: Inspired by Bruce Trigger, S. Chrisomalis and A. Costopoulos (eds.), pp. 102-115. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. doi

Gupta, N. (2013). Local Communities, National Governments and Forensic and Archaeological Investigations of Human Rights Violations. Archaeologies(Special Issue on Archaeology in Conflict), 9 (1): 106-131. doi

Gupta, N. (2013). Why the Social Context of Archaeology Matters in the Study of the Indus Valley Civilization: Insights on Banerji’s ‘Pre-Buddhist’ Period at Mohenjodaro. Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology, 1 (1): 36-62.

Gupta, N. (2012). Before Creation: Competing Excavators, Imperial Interests and the Making of the Indus Valley Civilization in 1920s India. In Scientists and Scholars in the Field: Studies in the History of Fieldwork and Expeditions, K. H. Nielsen, M. Harbsmeier and C. J. Ries (eds.), pp. 259-282. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.

Costopoulos, A., M. W. Lake and N. Gupta. (2010). Introduction. In Simulating Change: Archaeology into the Twenty-First Century, A. Costopoulos and M. W. Lake (eds.), pp. 1-6. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

Digital Scholarship (*peer-reviewed)

*Gupta, N. 2017. “Maps and Myths”, Anthropology News website, Nov 10, 2017, doi: 10.1111/AN.680 http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2017/11/10/maps-and-myths/

*Gupta, N. 2017. “Geographic Visualization in Anthropology”. Anthropology News website, August 14, 2017, doi: 10.1111/AN.512 http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2017/08/14/geographic-visualization-in-anthropology/

Gupta, N. 2017. “Enlarge the (Digital) Future: Prospects for Canadian Archaeology”. Invited post for Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) Official Blog, May 2, 2017, https://canadianarchaeology.com/caa/publications/bulletin-blog/enlarge-digital-future-prospects-canadian-archaeology

Editor-reviewed articles

Nicholas, R. and N. Gupta. (2022). Ethics, Community and Data. Conservation Perspectives, Fall 2022, Vol 37 (2): 16-18. url: https://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications_resources/newsletters/37_2/37_2_toc.html

Gupta, N., Rajesh S.V., S. Chatterjee and Abhyan G.S. (2021). MINA | Map Indian Archaeology: opening post-colonial archaeological research in the Indian context through Web-based geovisualization. Livingmaps Review, https://www.livingmaps.org/neha-gupta

Blog Posts


    Building an Anti-colonial Digital Archaeology in the Canadian Context through Indigenous Data Governance Principles

    Mentoring and Leadership Training with and alongside Indigenous, Black, Asian, and Racialized women faculty: Co-making IBRac centered, decolonial, culturally-focused, and strength-based approaches

    Materializing Indigenous Histories: Community-University Partnerships for Indigenous-engaged Archaeological Research (co-applicant)

    Needs Assessment of Digital Archaeological Information Governance Tools at Westbank First Nation Archaeology Office (co-applicant)

    The Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment: An Integrated Open Source Approach for Teaching Method and Practice in Digital Archaeology, Carleton University, 2016 – pres https://o-date.github.io/draft/book/

    MINA | Map Indian Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2015 – pres http://dngupta.github.io/mina.github.io

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    2022    Gupta, N. Discussant, Forum on Exploring data stewardship with tDAR, Open Context, and DINAA, Society for American Archaeology (SAA), 87th Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA, Apr 2022.

    2022    Chatterjee, S., N. Gupta, Rajesh SV. Conference Paper: Emerging Paradigms: Maps, Digital Databases and Visual Exploration of Archaeological Sites in the Fluvial Terrains of Bengal. The Digital Divides: Discontents, Debates and Discussions, DHARTI (Digital Humanities Alliance for Research and Teaching Innovations) 2022, India, Feb 2022

    2021    Gupta, N., Rajesh SV, S. Chatterjee, Abhayan GS. Conference Paper: A decolonial perspective on archaeological practices in the Indian context. Managing Archaeology in Post-colonial Contexts: Decoloniality as a Framework, WAC Inter-Congress 2021 (virtual), Aug 30, 2021.

    2021    Gupta, N. and S. Chau. Conference Paper: Teaching anti-racist digital anthropology in the time of #LandBack, #DefundThePolice and #StopAsianHate. Stream on Digital Pedagogy during the Pandemic, 7th Annual Digital Pedagogy Institute Conference 2021 (virtual), University of Waterloo and Ryerson University, Aug 10-11, 2021.

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