Archaeological department in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has unearthed as many as 110 sites that are 30,000-year-old. The sites include some that are of Buddhist importance.
Archaeological department with the help of Political Administration and Pakistan Army made the discoveries, Political Agent Khyber Khalid Mehmood said.
Eight sites that are of significant Buddhist importance have also been found in the survey, said Khalid Mehmood.
The archaeological survey was carried out for nearly 75 days in tehsil Jamrud of Khyber Agency and the result was the discovery of thirty thousand years old 110 ancient sites.
A variety of relics including pictures and paintings carved on stones were discovered from the sites.
Also discovered from the sites were the remnant of mosques, forts, gallows, tunnels and other buildings of Ameer Taimur period.
“Surveys were also conducted in these areas during British rule but they failed to achieve any success. Though deep excavation has not been conducted but we discovered sites with the evidence having historic value of thirty thousand years,” Mehmood said.
The discovery could help boost economic and tourism activities in tribal areas in Pakistan. Efforts were underway to establish archaeology department in FATA Secretariat.
An archaeologist said that in past “militancy hindered our efforts to conduct archaeological survey in FATA.” He said that “it is our utmost desire to excavate more sites in FATA with the help of political administration for identifying Buddhist relics besides establishing museums in these areas.”
(With PTI inputs)