Robin Coningham

Robin Coningham Far Horizons Study Leader

Robin Coningham received his PhD at King’s College, Cambridge in Archaeology and Anthropology. He holds UNESCO’s 2014 Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage in the Department of Archaeology, Durham (UK), and is Associate Director (World Heritage) of the University’s Institute of Mediaeval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS). His interest in the relationship between identity and cultural heritage in regions of conflict as well as the impact of the international trade in illicit antiquities resulted in the creation of a Center for the study of Ethics of Cultural Heritage at Durham. Professor Coningham’s fieldwork in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka aimed to refine early historic chronologies, the origin of Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea trade, and the archaeology of early Buddhism. His discovery at Maya Devi temple at Lumbini in Nepal pushes Buddha’s birth 300 years earlier than previously thought.  He has published extensively, including The Archaeology of South Asia: From the Indus to Asoka (with Ruth Young), and his excavations in the Citadel of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s earliest capital, led to the publication of three volumes covering the findings.  Professor Coningham is committed to the preservation of cultural heritage, joining over 25 international missions for UNESCO.

Tours Led by Robin Coningham

  • Sri Lanka Tour: Resplendent LandSri Lanka Tour: Resplendent Land
    August 13 - 30, 2021 | Robin Coningham Circle the lovely island of Sri Lanka and see six UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Old Town of Galle, Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple, Anuradhapura, and the Sacred City of Kandy. A highlight will be the Esala Perahera Festival where elephants process through the streets accompanied by a cacophony of percussionists pounding traditional drums, dancers clanging finger cymbals and the rhythmic thumping of mock sword battles.