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Nepal Heritage Documentation Project

The Nepal Heritage Documentation Project (NHDP) documents endangered monuments and sites as well as intangible cultural heritage of Nepal. In doing so, it actively responds to dramatic urban transformation, social change as well as natural catastrophes such as the 2015 earthquake.

A wide selection of more than 400 monuments and monument clusters from the royal cities of Patan and Kathmandu comprises the core body of material during the pilot period (2018-20). In addition to this, the NHDP is collecting diverse historical documents such as maps, photographs and drawings as well as oral histories related to the built heritage and socio-religious use and
practices around them.

The project provides equipment and bundles expertise for extensive heritage documentation fieldwork in Nepal during the pilot phase.

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Open Access

With its commitment to Open Access, sustainable data management and up-to-date standards of documentation, the NHDP hopes to set the stage for potential growth. By making its results publicly available, the project aims to create long-lasting positive effects, both for the key stakeholder Nepal as well as internationally.

The project’s Digital Archive of Nepalese Arts and Monuments (DANAM) is situated at the ARCHES platform and provides immediate access to a broad range of information.

It will be of avail to the Department of Archaeology of the Government of Nepal and other Nepalese stakeholders as a new cultural heritage repository designed for the management, preservation and protection of national and community heritage.


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