Ancient tombs discovery in Pakistan


This video from Pakistan is called Gandhara Civilization, Buddhist Remains Taxila.

From AFP news agency:

24 November 2012 – 08H46

Ancient tombs discovered in Pakistan‘s Swat

Italian archaeologists say they have discovered a cemetery that reveals complex funeral rites dating back more than 3,000 years in Pakistan’s Swat valley, recently controlled by the Taliban.

The Italian mission began digging in the 1950s at Udegram, a site of Buddhist treasures in Swat, the northwestern district formerly known as the Switzerland of Pakistan for its stunning mountains, valleys and rivers.

Archaeologists were aware of a pre-Buddhist grave site in Udegram, but only recently discovered the collection of almost 30 graves, tightly clustered and partially overlapping.

“Some graves had a stone wall, others were protected by walls and enclosures in beaten clay,” Luca Maria Olivieri, head of the Italian mission, told AFP.

“The cemetery… seems to have been used between the end of the second millennium BCE and the first half of the first millennium BCE,” he added.

Olivieri says the tombs point to the culture that predates the Buddhist Gandhara civilisation that took hold in northwest Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan from the first millennium BCE to the sixth century AD.

“The presence of a few iron fragments might be amongst the most ancient traces of this metal in the subcontinent,” he said.

Bodies were first laid to rest in open graves, fenced in by wooden railings. Then the graves were re-opened and the bones partially burnt before the graves were sealed and a burial mound built.

Men were buried with high quality flasks, bowls and cooking pots, and women with semi-precious beads, bronze hairpins, and spindles.

In October, the Taliban shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in the head in Mingora, the main town of Swat, in a case that sparked worldwide condemnation.

She is now undergoing treatment in Birmingham, England.

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3 thoughts on “Ancient tombs discovery in Pakistan

    • I would guess there is less chance of that here than with the giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan.

      The Taliban oppose all statues. This new find are not statues, but graves.

      And, in the Taliban’s view, the statues in Afghanistan were promotion of Buddhism, a rival religion which still exists. While we don’t even know what religion there was pre-Buddhism in the Swat valley. Maybe a religion, similar to the ancient Indus valley civilization. But we also don’t know what the ancient Indus valley religion was, as we can’t (yet?) read Indus valley script.

      See

      http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/etruscan-meroitic-still-illegible/

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