This study focuses on how the island caves of Elephanta, in Mumbai, India, can best be preserved going into the future, due to their exposure to man-made and natural destruction. I look specifically at digital preservation options and public outreach to aid conservation of the site. There are seven caves as well as an un-excavated Buddhist stupa. Originally a place of religious worship, they have experienced occupation by British and Portuguese colonial forces as well as geologic unrest. Information from many sites in India is passed orally or is gained from experiencing the site itself. This extensive documentation of the site in the name of preservation serves as a valuable resource for future researchers as well as non-academics and people endemic to the region.
Kardulias, P. Nick
Kreuzwieser, Clare L., "Starved in Stone: An Examination of the Future Preservation of the Elephanta Caves of Mumbai, India, with Focus on Digital and Public Archaeology" (2019). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8451.
Arts and Humanities
digital archaeology, public archaeology, hinduism, buddhism
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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