about | Bangalore Circle
  • 5th floor, ‘F’ Kendriya Sadan, 17th Main Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru -560 034, INDIA

About ASI Bangalore Circle

In the year 1975, a new circle of Archaeological Survey of India known as the Mid-Southern circle was created as an independent circle to bringing all the centrally protected monuments of Karnataka under one circle. Earlier, these monuments were under the jurisdiction of Southern Circle, Madras presidency and under South Western Circle of Bombay Presidency. As many as 535 monuments and sites from all over Karnataka came under its jurisdiction. In the year 1996, this Mid-southern Circle, for more efficient monitoring was again bifurcated into Bangalore and Dharwad Circles. Bangalore Circle having 218 monuments / sites is located in as many as eighteen districts viz., Bangalore Rural and Urban, Bellary, Chamarajanagar, Chikkaballapur, Chikmagalur, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Hassan, Kolar, Kodagu, Mandya, Mysore, Ramanagara, Shimoga, South Kanara, Tumkur and Udupi. Further in September 2014, Hampi Mini circle (with headquarters at Kamalapur) was formed by bifurcating Bangalore Circle.

At present, Bangalore Circle is looking after 133 monuments and sites spread over as many as seventeen districts of Southern Karnataka.

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Administrative set up

The Superintending Archaeologist is the head of the Circle Office and is responsible for carrying out all archaeological activities. The Deputy Superintending Archaeologist and Assistant Archaeologists assist him for carrying out all the Technical and research works viz; archaeological exploration, excavation, village to village survey, documentation of antiquities etc . In the field of archaeological conservation, the Deputy Superintending Archaeological Engineer, Assistant Superintending Archaeological Engineer, Senior Conservation Assistant, Conservation Assistant, foreman and Caretakers assist the Superintending Archaeologistin carrying out the annual maintenance restoration,renovation and conservation of monuments in addition to fencing,landscaping of the monuments and also help in removal of encroachments. The approved programme of Conservation annualy is executed by this team.

Administrative Officer, Head Clerk, Stenographer and other ministerial staff render their requisite assistance for general administration and maintenance of accounts undre Protection, preservation, maintenance and conservation of monuments, exploration and excavation of antiquarian remains

In addition creating cultural awareness among the public about the necessity of preserving the rich cultural heritage with adequate publicity, provision of visitor friendly amenities to the tourists making copious literature available, periodic exhibitions to create cultural awareness among the younger generation of various selected educational institutions on the eve of World Heritage Day and World Heritage week celebrations are the other main important activities of the circle.

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