The archival research started in 2014 has immensely helped in decision making for conservation of these monuments and greatly impact the landscape of the setting.
- The 1860’s images prior to restoration work done during Salar Jung’s period and the 1950’s images have shown that the monuments and landscape of Qutb Shahi Tomb Complex underwent a lot of change during the Nizam’s Dominion.
- This led to a need for looking deeper into the Nizam’s records. A committee called the Sarf- I-Khas Mubarak was specially appointed by the Nizam to look after the Qutb Shahi heritage Park. As part of the archival research and gain a better understanding of the site, a team of conservation architects and archaeologist are investigating these records , prior to conservation works that took place at the site.
- An architectural study is being done, to identify and date each of the 75 monuments on the site in a chronological order, that would help understand the site’s expansion and change in its architectural landscape under each king.
- AKTC is now in possession of 12 Persian manuscripts from Salar Jung museum written during the Qutb Shahi and Nizam period, which will be translated into English.
- A chronological order of history and architecture of the seven rulers of the Qutb Shahi dynasty is being listed, which will also look beyond the heritage complex.
- Archival images and records from the archeological dig done in 1960’s - 70’s have been collected from the Department of Archaeology and Museums (DAM), which has helped the archeological excavations being carried out in the area North of Hamaam.
Archival research will help increase our understanding on the history and architecture of the Qutb Shahi dynasty and the changes
that have taken place with time, which will help inform all conservation decisions on site.