Department of Archaeology (Nepal)

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Department of Archaeology
पुरातत्व विभाग
Agency overview
FormedDecember 31, 1953 (1953-12-31)
Preceding agency
  • Department of Civil Aviation
Jurisdiction   Nepal
HeadquartersRamshahpath, Kathmandu, Nepal
Minister responsible
  • Hon.Prem Bahadur Ale, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
Agency executive
  • Mr. Damodar Gautam, Director General
Parent agencyMinistry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal

The Department of Archaeology or DOA (estd 1953) is the primary organization for the archaeological research and protection of the cultural heritage under the government of Nepal.[1][2] After the April 2015 Nepal earthquake and May 2015 Nepal earthquake, the Department got involved with analyzing and reconstructing the destruction of ancient buildings in Nepal.


The Department of Archaeology has served under changing ministries since its establishment in 1953:[3]

Date Ministry Served
1953–1981 Ministry of Education
1981–1995 Ministry of Education and culture
1995–2000 Ministry of Youth, sports and culture
2000–2008 Ministry of culture, tourism and Civil Aviation
2008–2009 Ministry of culture and State Reconstructing
2009–2011 Ministry of Federal Affairs, Constituent Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture
since 2011 Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation


  1. ^ "HERITAGE WATCH: Archaeology Dept archiving pearls of great price | Metro | :: The Kathmandu Post". Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  2. ^ "In search of Buddha's maternal home | Top Stories". Archived from the original on 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  3. ^ "Department of Archaeology Homepage". Retrieved 2015-07-09.

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