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Daily, Starts 13 Nov 2008
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Immigration Museum

Since 1980 an international group of researchers has been documenting and interpreting the remains of Vijayanagara. The Vijayanagara Research Project’s investigations and interpretations, under the direction of Dr George Michell and Dr John Fritz have provided the essential background information on the history of the city and the empire of which it was the capital, the urban layout of the site, and the variety of its military, ceremonial, civic and religious architecture. The monograph series in 11 volumes collates and publishes the majority of this research, together with extensive illustrations, maps and photographic material

Extensive documentation of the Vijayanagara site was carried out from 1980 through to the present day has taken place through the Vijayanagara Research Project. During this period much of the core area of Vijayanagara (more than 25 square km of ruins) was mapped in detail and more than 30,000 archaeological features were located and described. Some 1,000 structures, ranging from large-scale, comparatively well preserved temple complexes to dilapidated and collapsed structures, were measured and drawn up. Photography played a large role in this documentation effort. So, too, did translations of texts in vernacular languages, which the archaeologists believe will contribute to future interpretations of the archaeological record. These documentary techniques have helped us to understand a variety of archaeological features ranging from civic and religious structures to sculpture and even game boards.

In this room of Ancient Hampi an interactive exhibit allows visitors to examine the archaeological process of documentation, against a backdrop of the archaeologists Dr George Michell and Dr John Fritz in conversation.