28.02.2012 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

National Geographic activities in Lumbini

©UNESCO/Nabha Basnyat-Thapa -The National Geographic team at Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha

A team from the National Geographic was in Lumbini last month to prepare a 5-minute film for the promotion of Lumbini as a World Heritage property, to be provided to the Lumbini Development Trust for use at the visitors’ centre.

Additionally, the National Geographic through the Global Exploration Fund - Northern Europe provided grant to Durham University, UK, covering additional cost of archaeological investigations, which are part of a project entitled “Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Lumbini, the Birthplace of Lord Buddha”, co-ordinated by the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and funded by the Government of Japan.


The National Geographic activity was initiated following the successful implementation and completion of archaeological investigations in Lumbini in 2011 by the team of archaeologists from Durham University, UK, Nepal’s Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust led by Robin Coningham, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Archaeology at Durham University and Kosh Prasad Archarya, one of Nepal’s top archaeologists.



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