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The Archaeology of Nalanda Mahavihara, an Indian Buddhist Monastery
Wed 8 March 2017, 18:30 – 19:30 GMT
By Dr Mary Stewart
Free Public Talk - No Need to Book - All Welcome
Wednesday, 8th Mar, 2017 6:30pm
Dr Mary Stewart will be discussing her book, Nalanda Mahavihara A critical examination of an Indian Buddhist site, being published this year. She will be looking at the cultural attitudes and the methodological approaches that prevailed in the field of Indian archaeology in the 19th and 20th centuries. Archaeologists had at their disposal translations of the travel records of 7th century Chinese monks who visited Nalanda. But does the actual archaeology relate to the records? Is the site excavated the same one the monks wrote about? And is the excavated site all there was to Nalanda?
About the speaker:
Dr Mary Stewart studied for her Ph.D. at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in South Asian Art and Archaeology. She has retired from teaching at Westminster University, London, and is currently living in Ledbury, Herefordshire, lecturing in art history. Her book on the history of the archaeology of Nalanda Mahavihara is being published in India for Nalanda University by Manohar.