The subject of History was introduced in 1962 at the under graduate level at Birla Govt. College. he Department of Ancient India History Culture and Archaeology was introduced in HNB Garhwal University in 1976. Since than, the Department has developed as a centre of teaching and research in the different areas of History and Archaeology particularly focusing on Uttarakhand Archaeology.
The Department right from its inception has carried out an extensive research on and also archaeological exploration and excavation programme in the Central Himalayan region.
In 1987 the Department was selected for participation in the Departmental Research Support (DRS) programme of the UGC. In 1993 it was elevated into Department under Special Assistance Programme(SAP).
Archaeological computing laboratory - Image 1
Archaeological computing laboratory - Image 2
Archaeological chemistry laboratory
Atomic Absorbtion laboratory
FIST computer laboratory for students
The Department has also established its own Museum in 1980 for preserving the Himalayan cultural heritage, traditional folk crafts and arts from past to present . The Museum houses the explored and excavated artifacts, teracotta's, pottery, skeletal remains, metal implements sculptures and other antiquities discovered in the mid-central Himalayan region as well as from other parts of the country .It also has a rich collection of manuscripts, literature, paintings, periodicals, newspapers, local records etc.
The ethnographic gallery houses the traditional and local material which are either in vogue in the villages or which have vanished in present day Garhwal. The museum has also developed a most modern photographic section having a large collection of photographs ,slides and presently making efforts to develop a digital archives of the photographs.The drawing section is also equipped with modern drawing tools and field equipments like Total Station and GPS for field survey.
The museum also has a rich library having a large collection of books belonging to all the field of Himalayan, History ,Culture , Archaeology and Art and Architecture etc. Keeping in view the future needs of the museum a new building is under construction at Chauras campus.