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Job scope at heritage sites
- Meet makes history relevant

Visiting archaeologist from Bihar Ehtesham Khan, at a seminar in Ranchi on Thursday, said heritage sites gave significant employment opportunities to nearby residents.

Khan gave the keynote address as a part of Moti Lal Chandra Memorial Lecture on the second day of the three-day meet on “community heritage and museums”.

Hosted by state department of art, culture, sports and youth affairs, the meet is being held at State Museum, Hotwar.

Referring to Mughal emperor Humayun’s tomb in Delhi, Khan said: “A garden has come up in its vicinity. Local residents have been employed in the upkeep of the sprawling lawn. Heritage sites cannot be held as places for exhibits of artefacts only.”

He also presented a paper on heritage and governance for development.

President of Museum Association of India P.K. Sharma gave a special lecture on Indo-Islamic architecture.

Addressing the gathering of 110 archaeologists and museologists from across India, Sharma said: “Minars (tall towers) and domes of Mughal dynasty are the best examples of the architecture.”

He elaborated the main elements of Islamic architecture were arches and beams while traditional Indian style used pillars and beams.

In the afternoon, after the lectures, delegates visited Hundru falls.