Rakesh Tewari was the Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India (2014 - 2017), and was formerly Director, State Department of Archaeology, Uttar Pradesh starting in 1989. His chief archaeological contribution is to demonstrate that rice was cultivated in the Indian subcontinent as early as the 9th millennium BP, in the site of Lahuradewa. He has also done research on the use of iron in the middle Ganga plains. He was succeeded by Usha Sharma.
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