Robin Coningham

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Robin Andrew Evelyn Coningham (born 2 December 1965) is a British archaeologist and academic, specialising in South Asian archaeology and archaeological ethics. He has been Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology since 2005 and UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage since 2014 at the University of Durham. From 1994 to 2005, he taught at the University of Bradford, rising to become Professor of South Asian Archaeology and Head of the Department of Archaeological Sciences.[1][2][3]

Academic career[edit]

Coningham led the excavation of the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal; an ancient Buddhist temple situated at the site traditionally considered the birthplace of Buddha.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • Scarre, Geoffrey; Coningham, Robin, eds. (2013). Appropriating the Past: Philosophical Perspectives on the Practice of Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521196062.
  • Coningham, Robin; Young, Ruth (2015). The Archaeology of South Asia: From the Indus to Asoka, c.6500 BCE–200 CE. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521846974.


  1. ^ 'CONINGHAM, Prof. Robin Andrew Evelyn', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 12 Oct 2017
  2. ^ "UNESCO Professor Robin Coningham, BA, PhD (Cantab.)". Department of Archaeology. Durham University. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Professor Robin Coningham". United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ Morgan, James (26 November 2013). "'Earliest shrine' uncovered at Buddha's birthplace". BBC News. Retrieved 12 October 2017.