The conservation of monuments in India has taken a backseat as the focus in India turns to infrastructural development and technological advancement. This is especially seen in the Harappan sites in India that were excavated soon after the Partition of India and Pakistan. These sites were important to India, then, because the most significant Harappan sites were in Pakistani territory. This study analyses the preservation done in the past, present conservation being carried out at the sites, and recommendations for long-term management and survival of the sites. The study compiles theories from four different authors to make a model that will give the best analysis of the data for the long-term management. The theories all originate form articles published in a book by the Getty Conservation Institute on the Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites. I am using multiple sources of information such as the literature that originates from the research databases, and recommendations of books from different people that I met while doing research in India. I will also be using my field research experience to supplement my data and provide pictures of the sites that I am writing about. Furthermore, I interviewed several people who are experts within their fields at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on their experience at the sites and with site conservation and management.


Kardulias, P. Nick




Arts and Humanities


harappa, conservation, india, Harappan civilization

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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