The Archaeological Survey of India performs the work of exploring, excavating, conserving, preserving and protecting the sites and monuments of national and international significance in the country and hence is categorized under the Department of Culture.
It is an Indian government agency that is basically a section of the Asiatic Society of the British and founded by the famous archaeologist Sir William Jones on 15th January 1784.
This Asiatic Society started to publish a journal called The Asiatic Researches from 1788 and Sir Alexander Cunningham handled the Society for about 14 years along with the assistance of the then Viceroy Canning.
After India became independent, the Society was regarded under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958.
Currently, this Survey considers about 3636 monuments that have been announced to be of national importance and are regarded as per the Antiquity and Art Treasure Act 1972.
This Survey has recently excavated the Harshaka-Tila at Thanesar in Haryana.