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Heritage Partnerships

A research group of the Department of Archaeology.

This research group brings together academics and researchers whose activities focus on applying research to the many challenges facing cultural heritage across the globe. Much of this research is stimulated by the destruction of or damage to heritage through conflict or disaster. Sitting at the intersection of field archaeology and cultural heritage it addresses global challenges, be they economic, political or environmental. Central to the research is the collaborative nature of the research and impact – whether through academic partnership or professional cooperation.

Our members are increasingly engaged around the world, at the cutting edge of cultural heritage research. They share experience and utilise their expertise in policy, protection, engagement and interpretation to reach new global audiences by:

  • researching and developing new methods for cultural heritage preservation and interpretation;
  • co-producing new agendas to engage people with the care of their heritage in their locality;
  • connecting communities with their heritage and fostering local worth and identity
  • partnering national and transnational agencies to protect and promote tangible and intangible, built and portable heritage


  • set new interdisciplinary challenges and agendas for the discipline, and with current global challenges in mind ask the big important questions about the past;
  • deliver internationally leading and world class scholarship, undertaking primary fieldwork around the world and ground-breaking laboratory research;
  • connect communities, locally to globally, with their archaeological heritage;
  • make the material evidence of the past matter to the present, informing heritage practice and policy and co-producing ideas of value, care and protection now, and for the future

Key research themes

We have five main themes within our research, although many of the projects listed below cross multiple themes:


Understanding, protecting and interpreting living religious heritage:


Identifying the archaeological impacts of, and developing responses to, natural hazards such as earthquakes


Providing embedded training and advising on heritage management, preservation and protection


Connecting communities with their tangible and intangible heritage:


Using research findings to push new, and update existing, heritage policies and guidelines.


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  • Bhaddamanika, S., Bidari, B., Choegyal, L., Coningham, R.A.E., Cuppers, C. & Rai, G. (2019). Balancing competing requirements of faith and preservation. In The Sacred Garden of Lumbini. UNESCO UNESCO. 210-223.
  • Coningham, R.A.E., Acharya, K.P., Manuel, M.J. & Tremblay, J. (2019). Sites of the Greater Lumbini Area. In The Sacred Garden of Lumbini. UNESCO UNESCO. 223-259.
  • Manuel, M.J., Gunawardhana, P., Coningham, R.A.E., Davis, C.E., Namalgamuwa, H., Senanayaka, J, Rammungoda, U.R. & Bandara, K.G.Y. (2018). Ritual and economy reconsidered at Siva Devale No. 2, Polonnaruva. In Buddha Rashmi: Vesak Volume: essays in Buddhism and Buddhist monastic archaeology. Gunawardhana, P. & Coningham, R.A.E. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Central Cultural Fund. 33-44.
  • Lafortune-Bernard, A., Coningham, R.A.E. & Acharya, K.P. (2018). Recording the social and economic contribution of local heritage at Tilaurakot: a pilot study. In The Cultural Heritage of Nepal, before, during and after the 2015 Earthquakes: Current and Future Challenges. The Oriental Cultural Heritage Sites Protection Alliance (OCHSPA). Kathmandu: Vajra Publications. 170-179.
  • Witcher, R.E. (2017). The globalized Roman world. In The Routledge Handbook of Globalization and Archaeology. Hodos, T. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 634-651.
  • Witcher, R.E. (2017). The global Roman countryside: connectivity and community. In The Economic Integration of Roman Italy: Rural Communities in a Globalising World. de Haas, T.C.A. & Tol, G.W. Leiden: Brill. 28-50.
  • Coningham, R.A.E., Acharya, K.P., Kunwar, R.B., Manuel. M.J., Davis, C.E. & Lafortune-Bernard, A. (2017). Promoting the Protection, Preservation and Presentation of the Natal Landscape of the Buddha in Nepal. In Buddha Rashmi Vesak Volume: Essays in Buddhism and Buddhist Monastic Archaeology. Gunawardhana, P., Coningham, R.A.E. & Nampoothiri, K. Central Cultural Fund of Sri Lanka. 13-26.
  • Bradbury, J. & Philip, G. (2016). The Invisible Dead Project: A Methodology for "Coping" with the Dead. In How to Cope with Death: Mourning and Funerary Practices in the Ancient Near East. Felli, C. Pisa: Edizioni ETS. 5: 309-336.
  • Hingley, Richard (2016). Constructing the Nation and Empire: Victorian and Edwardian Images of the Building of Roman Fortifications. In Graeco-Roman Antiquity and the idea of nationalism in the 19th century: case studies. Fögen, Thorsten & Warren, Richard Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. 153-174.
  • Hingley, Richard (2015). The Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site and Transnational Heritage. In Identity and Heritage: Contemporary Challenges in a Globalized World. Biehl, P.F., Comer, D.C., Prescott, C. & Soderland, H.A. Springer. Springer Briefs in Archaeology: 55-64.
  • Hingley, Richard (2015). Working with Descendant Communities in the Study of Roman Britain: Fragments of an Ethnographic Project Design. In Rethinking Colonialism: Comparative Archaeological Approaches. Cipolla, Craig & Howlett Hayes, Katherine University Press of Florida. 161-189.
  • Sharpe, K. (2014). Pride and Prejudice. The challenges of conserving and managing rock art in the landscape of Northern England through public participation. In Open-air rock-art conservation and management: state of the art and future perspectives Edited by. Darvill, T. & Fernandes, A.B.F.
  • Hopper, Kristen & Rekavandi, Hamid Omrani (Submitted). Investigating Mobile Pastoralist Landscapes in North East Iran: The Contribution of Remote Sensing. In New Agendas in Remote Sensing and Landscape Archaeology: Studies in Honor of Tony J. Wilkinson. Lawrence, Dan, Altaweel, Mark & Philip, Graham The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.