The historical landscape of Qutb Shahi Heritage Park and the adjacent Golconda Fort has been witness to many historical events from the 16th century onwards. Many significant layers of history lie buried and thus unknown.
In order to better understand the Tomb complex and inform the master-plan for the ongoing conservation and landscape restoration effort, the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Govt of Telangana and Aga Khan Trust for Culture carried out the excavation work at Quli Qutb Shahi Heritage Park with financial assistance of the U.S Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation during 2014-16.
The excavations have revealed unexpected and spectacular discoveries such as the 16th century enclosure walls of Sultan Quli’s garden-tomb or the tiles that once adorned the facade of Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah’s Tomb. Who knew that simple and innocuous references in 17th century texts would lead to spectacular discoveries! The excavation programme was also used as an opportunity to provide trainings to students of history and archaeology.