Excavation to identify King Suddhodan’s palace in Tilaurakot

Tilaurakot. Lumbini Development Trust/File

Kapilvastu, January 11

An excavation has begun again to identify the main part of King Suddhodan’s royal palace where Gauram Buddha was brought up in Tilaurakot of Kapilvastu district.

The Department of Archaeology has started the excavation here this week following the geospatial survey in and around ancient historical site.

This is the fourth excavation in this place.

A team of experts is said to undertake excavation in Tilaurakot and other places related to Gautam Buddha during the 55-day project.

The rigorous excavation is expected to identify significant parts of the ancient city of Tilaurakot, said Officer at the Department of Archaeology, Ram Bahadur Kunwar.

He further shared that the excavation would be carried out in two places of central complex of Tilaurakot Palace and Samayamai Temple.

Earlier, an excavation was carried out in the mid part of Tilaurakot Palace, southern part of pond and Nigradharam Kudan. The Department and the Lumbini Development Trust have been putting their excavation and research in Lumbini and adjoining areas since 2014.

Tilaurakot has been proposed to be put in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The efforts are undergoing to collect necessary evidence and documents to that end.

In the current excavation works, experts from UK’s Durham University, Department of Archaeology and Lumbini Development Trust and students of Tribhuvan University and Lumbini University are being involved.


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