K. Rajan, presently serves as Academic and Research Advisor, Tamil Nadu State Department of Archaeology was the former Professor of History, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry. He has 25 years of experience in directing archaeological research in India.
He has wriiten 18 books and 115 articles and has completed 24 major research projects funded by various funding agencies of India and abroad. His archaeological explorations have brought to light more than 1500 archaeological sites ranging from prehistory to early historic period. He directed the excavations at Mayiladumparai, Thandikudi, Porunthal and Kodumanal. The last two mentioned sites Porunthal and Kodumanal received the international attention. He is the first Diver-cum-Archaeologists of India and he is closely associated with underwater diving operations in Poompuhar (Tamil Nadu) and in Dwarka waters. He is the recipient of the Commonwealth Fellowship as well as Charles Wallace Fellowship respectively tenable at Cambridge University and Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He made academic visits to Maison des Sciences de L’Homme, Paris, France, Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Cambridge University and University College London. He received the Certificate of Achievement for his work at Kodumanal conferred on by the Shanghai Archaeology Forum at Shanghai, China in 2013. He also received Best Teacher Award of the Pondicherry University in the years 2012 and 2013.