Extinction to Art in the Deccan Traps

Ritwika Sengupta The Deccan traps, in West-Central India, are deposits of lava and volcanic rocks creating mountains up to 3km high and covering an area about the size of France. This mountainous landscape has provided a unique base for religious communities from 700 BC onwards. Beautifully decorated caves carved from 400BC to 1000AD by Buddhists... Continue Reading →


The Oxford Dodo

Fiona Jones For me, the dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is as intimately associated with the city of Oxford as the dreaming spires, or an afternoon spent punting on the Cherwell. Its plump form famously decorates the pages of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland1 – Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel, which in itself has become an Oxford treasure. However,... Continue Reading →


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