Friday, July 30, 2010

2nd Millennium BCE Graves Excavated in Pakistan

I'm not sure what to make of this.  To me, the tone of this report makes it sound as if the reporter (or the editor) is questioning whether, in fact, such discoveries have taken place!  There may be hidden agendas here - so I'm just not sure what is the truth of the matter.

17th century BC grave excavated in Chitral village
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Our correspondent

CHITRAL: Archaeologists claimed to have excavated ancient graves and artefacts made of clay dating back to 17th century BC in remote Parwak village of Chitral district.

Members of the excavation team of Directorate of Archaeology and Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Zorawar Khan, Fawad Khan and Mir Hayat told The News that the fresh finding would add to new information about the Aryan civilisation as human skeletons and pottery objects found there belonged to that ancient era.

They said the Aryan people spread from Central Asia in the shape of nomads from 1700 to 1500 BC and some of them settled in Chitral district in the bygone age. They said the human remains, pottery, artefacts and the images carved on various excavated objects shed enough light the way Aryan people lived.

The excavators said the late noted archaeologist, Dr Hasan Dani, named the civilisation of that time as Gandhara grave culture. However, they added, the newly found skeletons were different from the ones excavated in Singoor and Chamarkun. Zorawar Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Archaeology Department was interested in building a museum in Chitral and work on the project would be started soon.

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