A collaborative team of international and national experts from the Department of Archaeology, Government of Nepal and Durham University, will continue their work on a series of post-disaster surveys and rescue excavations at damaged UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. This follows the earthquakes in 2015 that devastated the country and neighbouring regions and represented both a human and cultural catastrophe

This blog will provide updates on the team’s archaeological investigations throughout November and December this year. See below for the most recent posts from the field.

Recent Posts

Excavations at Jagganath and Gopinath Temples continue

One of the main aims of our project is to provide archaeological assessments that can help inform architects and engineers in the reconstruction and conservation of earthquake damaged monuments. Recently, a team of experts from the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties in Tokyo undertook architectural evaluations of the two-tiered Jagannath Temple within Hanuman Dhoka. … Continue reading Excavations at Jagganath and Gopinath Temples continue

Post-earthquake archaeological response training at Pashupati

Though spared much of the destruction from the 2015 earthquake, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupati, a major Shaivite pilgrimage centre in South Asia, and Kathmandu’s premier cremation site, some monuments did sustain damage. One of these monuments was the Gurujyu Sattal, located next to the western entrance of the Pashupati Temple Complex.   We … Continue reading Post-earthquake archaeological response training at Pashupati

Uncovering the ‘missing’ saddlestone

During the last week we have been busy removing the twentieth century floor levels across the footprint of the Kasthamandap. Not only have we identified a succession of modern repairs and elaborations of the monument, we have also identified that some of the floor surfaces incorporated architectural fragments, reused from other structures. We have now also peeled off all … Continue reading Uncovering the ‘missing’ saddlestone

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