The most exhaustive work ever undertaken on Vijayanagara yet:
VIJAYANAGARA RESEARCH PROJECT
“The city is such that the pupil of the eye has never seen a place like it, and ear of intelligence has never been informed that existed anything to equal it in the World.”
- Abdul Razaak, 1443
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Vijayanagara, the “City of Victory,” was the greatest of all Hindu capitals of South India. Its impressive ruins in central Karnataka are known best as Hampi, after the name of a local village. Since 1980 an international group of researchers has been documenting and interpreting the remains of Vijayanagara. The following pages describe Vijayanagara Research Project's (VRP) investigations and interpretations, while also offering 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.
In recognition of the significance of Vijayanagara, the “Hampi Group of Monuments” was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1987. However, this gesture has not removed the dangers that the site now faces from unchecked development and the lack of an effective conservation management plan.
Under the direction of Drs John M. Fritz and George Michell, authors of this web site, extensive documentation of the Vijayanagara site was carried out from 1980 through 2002. During this period much of the core area of Vijayanagara (more than 25 square km of ruins) was mapped in detail and more than 34,000 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. Photography played a large role in this documentation effort. So, too, did translations of texts in vernacular languages, which we believe will contribute to future interpretations of the archaeological record. Ethno-archaeological investigations by individual Project participants added a contemporary dimension to our fieldwork. 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. For more on this topic link to Fritz 2006, ''History of Documentation'' - http://bit.ly/1PhNt2a
Photograph taken by Dineshkannambadi at Hampi.