The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the Ministry of Culture, was established in the year 1861 is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation. Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance is the prime concern of the ASI. Besides it regulate all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and AMASR Act. It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
For the maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance the entire country is divided into 36 Circles. The organization has a large work force of trained archaeologists, conservators, epigraphist, architects and scientists for conducting archaeological research projects through its Circles, Museums, Excavation Branches, Prehistory Branch, Epigraphy Branches, Science Branch, Horticulture Branch, Building Survey Project, Temple Survey Projects and Underwater Archaeology Wing.
Ministry of Culture, Government of India announced the formation of seven new circles of Archaeological Survey of India on August 2020. In compliance to the notification of 27nd August 2020 from Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, the establishment of a new Circle at Jabalpur took place on 1st October, 2020 after the bifurcation of Bhopal Circle.
Archaeological Survey of India, Jabalpur Circle is covering 22 districts of Madhya Pradesh which is majorly spread in Bundelkhand, Baghelkhand and Mahakaushal region. Jabalpur Circle has total number of 108 monuments spread across the jurisdiction of the circle. Jabalpur circle has a large variety of Rock painting sites such as Adamgarh, Putali lane etc. Mauryan and Shunga period sites such as DeurKothar and Bharahut, Gupta period sites such as Kankali Devi temple and Parvati temple of Nachna etc. Chandella period site such as Khajuraho which is also a World heritage monument, Kalachuri period site such as Amarkantak, Chausath Yogini Bheraghat and Shiva temple of Chandreh etc. Gond Forts such as Devgarh fort Chhindwara, Madan Mahal Jabalpur etc