The multi-disciplinary team is co-led by Professor Robin Coningham, UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, Kosh Prasad Acharya, former Director-General of Archaeology, Government of Nepal and Ram Bahadur Kunwar, Head of Excavations Branch of the Department of Archaeology, Government of Nepal.
The team includes the geoarchaeologist Professor Ian Simpson from the University of Stirling, Dr Nina Mirnig, an epigraphist from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, as well as a team of archaeologists and heritage experts from Durham University including Dr Christopher Davis, Dr Paolo Forlin, Anouk Lafortune-Bernard and Patricia Voke. Archaeologists Professor K. Krishnan and Vrushab Mahesh, from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and Dr Keir Strickland, from the University of La Trobe complete the team of international experts. The team is bolstered through the participation and expertise of officers from the Department of Archaeology, Government of Nepal, the Pashupati Area Development Trust, local municipalities and dedicated volunteers from Nepal. This blog and other social media activity was created by, and is maintained by Anna Walker from Durham University.
The project is funded through the generous financial support of the Pashupati Area Development Trust, an Arts and Humanities Research Council Global Challenges Research Fund grant, a National Geographic Society Conservation Trust grant and UNESCO. The rescue excavations and archaeological investigations form part of the remit of the 2014 UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, at Durham University, to develop debates, policies and methodologies to evaluate the economic, ethical and social impacts of cultural heritage, and in particular to strengthen the protection of heritage in crisis situations.