2006 | ASI, Bangalore
Status appraisal reports for 56 Monuments of World Heritage Site | Hampi, India
As the final capital of the last of the great kingdoms of Southern Indian Peninsula, that of Vijayanagara, Hampi, enriched by the cotton and spice trade, was one of the most beautiful cities of the medieval world. Its palaces and Dravidian temples were much admired by ancient travelers, conquered, plundered and then abandoned by various invaders. Imposing monumental vestiges, partially disengaged and reclaimed, makes Hampi today, one of the most seizing ruins of the world.   The project objective was to create Status Appraisal reports for the 56 Monuments listed under World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Hampi Management Plan defined in 2003, required status appraisal reports to facilitate Archaeological Survey of India to start the site management activities. This included restoration and conservation of about 300 structures classified within these 56 monuments.
Each of the Appraisal Report included digitized drawings, condition mapping, defect inventory and detailed analysis of the structures and its immediate surroundings. Other deliverables included Zone Reports that synthesized the findings of individual reports to enable further conservation work through recommendations and strategies. ASI Bangalore had compiled these reports together and recently appraised it to the visiting UNESCO team to enable further actions for the WHS Hampi.

The project not only required a lot of research on the history of the city development, but also, physical data gathering exercise. Hence, the project was divided into several sections depending upon areas or pockets of heritage structures to ease the task; this division would further be utilized to define the heritage zones of the city.Pre-Documentation planning included research of historical data, previous works and documentation projects carried out. The stage included gathering information on history of each monument, sketches and drawings if any, previous planning surveys and maps.
  Onsite documentation included recording techniques like photography, sketching (defect inventorying), and data recording to gather data. Observations were based on the structural and non-structural defects, the condition of the surroundings and effect of location on each of the monuments. Subsequent survey was carried out to identify archeological rich stratum, cultivated land and areas that required attention for planning and unapproved activities within protected area.

Project scope included:
1. Initiation, tendering and project management.
2. Definition of project works in terms of deliverables, requirements
    and management.
3. Training of group of students involved in the project for site work
4. Providing architectural drawings, condition mapping and defect
    inventory for each structure.
5. Drawing of master plan for conservation structure and zones
    including suggestions on landscaping and signage.

Top Images (left to right)

Vithala Temple

Excavation Site

Pushkarni at Bal Krishna Temple

Tower at Royal complex