The starting point of the project was the unfinished eleventh-century temple at Bhojpur attributed to King Bhoja. Bhojpur is unique in its preservation of quarries, an earthen ramp, and many unfinished architectural parts, of which we have made measured drawings. Their size shows the vast scale that the finished monument would have attained. Most interesting of all are the numerous engraved architectural drawings on the rocks, which have been recorded (in measured line drawings) and interpreted for the first time.
In parallel, we have analysed another work ascribed to Bhoja, the Samaranganasutradhara, a famous but barely understood architectural treatise. For the first time substantial passages have been translated, by Mattia Salvini, in a way that is architecturally meaningful. This study has culminating in Adam Hardyís Theory and Practice of Temple Architecture in Medieval India.
Both the engraved drawings and the treatise throw new light on temple design. But neither drawings nor text make sense without a thorough understanding of the buildings themselves, including principles of composition, geometry and measurement, and construction. The project has enabled us to carry out surveys of a wide range of temples in central and western India and the Deccan. Constructional techniques have been examined in ruined temples, and in the normally unseen spaces in roofs and towers.