06.03.2012 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Conservation of Lumbini monuments continues

©UNESCO/N. Basnyat-Thapa -Study of archaeological remains inside the Maya Devi Temple

The second phase of conservation work was completed last week in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, a World Heritage Site since 1997.

The conservation team led by Italian conservator Costantino Meucci together with a national team from the Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust focused this season on the analytical investigations of the archaeological remains within the Maya Devi Temple including the microclimate monitoring and the placement of the new protective box for the Marker Stone.

The conservation team, with assistance from University of Rome, Italy studied the archaeological remains contained within the Maya Devi Temple and the underground water table inside and outside the temple, the results of which will be available later this year.

The team installed a new larger protective glass box for the Marker Stone, which will facilitate the control of biological growth on the stone.

Additionally, the two fragmented terracotta pots recovered from the January excavation by the archaeology team were restored by the conservation team.

The conservation activity is part of a larger project entitled “Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Lumbini, the Birthplace of Lord Buddha”, launched in 2010. The project is funded by the Government of Japan through the Japanese-Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation of the World’s Cultural Heritage, and co-ordinated by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.

 

Further information on the Lumbini preservation project, please access:

www.unesco.org/new/en/kathmandu/culture/jfit-lumbini-project/




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