Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan announces key discovery

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ISLAMABAD – Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan yesterday introduced that this yr’s excavation delivered to gentle the Shahi Vishnuite temple in its entirety in Khyebr Pakhtunkhaw. 

“As it’s identified, of the temple stay solely the rostrum, the associated flooring, conspicuous a part of the ornament with pilasters with pseudo-ionic capitals, exceptional examples of the unique marble ornament of the Turki Shahi interval,” stated globally identified Italian archaeologist Luca M. Olivieri at a reception hosted right here by Italy’s Ambassador to  Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese at his residence.

He stated on the finish of the month of October, a sequence of robbers’ pits within the central zone of the traditional metropolis was explored and it revealed an important Buddhist monument, preserved regardless of the robbers’ vandalism. On the sides of the monument there’s a minor stupa, a cell and the rostrum of a monumental pillar, he added. 

Luca M. Olivieri stated essentially the most attention-grabbing info comes from the pre-Saka phases of the monument which, with a barely completely different kind, dates again to the Maurya interval and later Indo-Greek as confirmed by cash and pottery discovered there. 

“The phases introduced options courting each to the Iron Age and, after a deep layer of alluvium, at about eight meters from the information level, pertaining to the Chalcolithic,” he added.

Throughout an excavation in November 2021 in north-west of the primary city publicity of Barikot, he stated, “we found a row of graves of unknown age and different archaeological options. These graves comprise pottery shards and different uncommon finds which may date again (typologically and preliminarily) to the Indo-Greek and Saka-Parthian interval.”

On the finish of the excavations greater than 2200 objects – sculptures, cash, inscriptions, ceramics, ornaments, iron weapons, stone instruments – had been discovered, restored and handed over to the Khyber Pakhtunkhaw authorities. Within the fifties of the earlier century, he stated, F A Khan carried out a scientific marketing campaign of archaeological excavations, which delivered to the sunshine wonderful info. 

“After the location of Banbhore fell once more into oblivion till the 2010.On a secondary department of the Indus, its towered (55 towers) bastioned citadel dominates the encompassing atmosphere, which at present is populated by few villages and nomad herders with their flocks,” Olivieri stated. 

In 2010 the undersigned, he stated, on the time scientific-director of an Italian analysis in Makran and Kharan) and Dr Monique Kervran, scientific-director of a French research-group on the Indus deltaic area, had been invited to affix palms with Pakistani students, beneath the scientific-direction of Dr Asma Ibrahim, and to renew historical-archaeological analysis in Banbhore beneath the scientific coordination of Dr Kaleemullah Lashari. 

The Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan began sondages at Bir-kot-ghwandai (Bazira) in 1977 when Professor Giorgio Stacul found the earliest sequence of the location (1700-800 BCE) with necessary discoveries of a typical painted pottery of Chalcolitic interval. 

It was solely later that the indicators of the previous metropolis of Bazira had been discovered (1984) in a trial trench by Professor Pierfrancesco Callieri. In 1985, the defensive wall and a bastion of town of Bazira had been found. From the yr 1990 to 1992, south-western nook of the previous metropolis had been dug out. 

From 1993 to 1995, survey of your entire space was carried out. In 1996, the entire ghwandai (hill) was acquired on lease.

Earlier, Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese stated Pakistan and Italy had been nice associates. He stated the 2 nations had rather a lot in widespread within the tradition and historical past.

The envoy appreciated Luca M. Olivieri and his staff for super achievements in Pakistan within the subject of archaeology.  He vowed to reinforce the partnership and cooperation to a brand new degree within the years to come back.  Authorities officers and archaeologists participated within the occasion.