Year 12 girls uncovered some fascinating historical facts and perspectives on the archaeology of India at the first event of this year's Academic Lecture Programme.
PhD student Charlotte Coull unearthed a range of material during a talk on the impact that India's independence from Britain had on the archaeology of the subcontinent.
Topics ranged from the establishment of the Archaeological Survey of India by the British in the 19th century to the handover of all digs and investigations
"Archaeology can often become very political, with different groups trying to take control over key sites or artefacts and this is certainly true in India," said Charlotte, who is currently researching the comparative archaeology of Egypt and India at the University of Manchester.
"For example for many years the civilisation of the Indus valley - now in modern Pakistan - was claimed as the root of Hindu traditions in India. Muslim historians and archaeologists, however, have often taken a very different view."
The event is part of the support offered at Queens for Year 12 students applying to competitive courses, although all girls from any year group are welcome.
"We are really keen for girls to get a sense of the wider academic world and to actually hear from current researchers who are working in specialist fields," said Mr Wilson, Head of Sixth Form.