India’s oldest stone inscriptions is topic of UW-L talk

“India’s Oldest Stone Inscriptions” is the topic of an upcoming Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10. The free program will be held in Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.

Around 250 B.C., Ashoka Maurya was a dynamic ruler whose influence extended throughout most parts of current South Asia. Archaeologists have uncovered inscriptions on rocks and pillars they believe mark the boundaries of his empire.

UW-L Sociology/Archaeology Department Associate Lecturer Heather Walder will lead the presentation about a group of inscriptions in the South Indian state of Karnataka, as well as the results of an experimental project to replicate an “Ashokan Edict.” Detailed investigation of inscription-carving technologies reveals information about ancient landscapes and imperial control.

For more information about the presentation, contact the center at 608.785.6473 or

If you go—

What: “India’s Oldest Stone Inscriptions”

Who: Heather Walder, Associate Lecturer, UW-L Sociology/Archaeology Department

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10

Where: Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition

Admission: Free