Excavation works continue at the Kasthamandap

Kathmandu, Dec 1: A team of national and international experts from the Department of Archaeology (DoA) and Durham University, UK, have been carrying out excavation works at the five temples of Hanumandhoka Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site in the Kathmandu Valley.

Senior archeologist Kosh Prasad Acharya, who is in the team led by experts from Durham University, said that the team would carry out excavation of the Jaisi Dewal, Maju Dewal, Jagannath, Gopanath and the Kasthamandap Temple at Kathmandu Durbar Square, and the Gurujuko Sattal at Pashupati in a phase-wise manner.

The team is now carrying out excavation works of the Kasthamandap, Jaisi Dewal and Jagannath temples with financial and technological support from the National Geographic Society and the Art and Humanities Research Council.

Excavation works at Hanumandhoka began on November 12 and will conclude on December 22.

Acharya said that the excavation work of the Jagannath Temple began just two days ago. The team is to carry out the excavation task of the Maju Dewal and the Gurujiko Sattal at Pashupati soon.

He further said that excavation would help find out the development phases of the Hanumandhoka Durbar Square area, the foundation of the structure, construction phase and cultural chronology.  

The team had carried out post-quake excavation surveys and rescue excavations at the Kasthamandap last year. The team also resumed the excavation work at Kasthamandap this year to find out more facts and evidences about its history, said Acharya.

It is said that the Kasthamandap was built from the timber of a single tree. Scientific tests of the sample wood are also being carried out to find out the date of the wood.

The newly discovered objects during the post-quake excavation have proved that the Kasthamandap was built in the 7th century during the Lichhavi era.

The samples were sent to Starling University of London for carbon test, Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) test and environment test to estimate the construction date of the Kasthamandap.

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