Archaeologists find earthenware pottery from 7000-2000 BC in Pakistan

April 8th, 2009 - 3:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, April 8 (ANI): Archaeologists have recently found earthenware pottery from 7000-2000 BC, in excavations that took place at Sohr Damb/Nal, a prehistoric site in Balochistan, a province in Pakistan.

According to a report in the Daily Times, the finding was made by Dr Ute Franke, a German archaeologist, who has been following the prehistoric sites in Balochistan since 1981.

The gradual shift of the pottery from very crude and basic vessels to more sophisticated and decorated containers, as well as, urbanity and later migration, highlighted the way the civilization progressed.

In a recent lecture at the Goethe-Institute, Karachi, Dr Franke presented the findings from the various periods in Balochistan history.

From the undisturbed Period I to Period II, where a single grave carried upto to 16 individuals, along with decorative beads and utensils and, later on, Period III, where figurines and refined ceramics were made, to Period IV that shares stark similarities with the Indus Valley Civilization, the changes that took place culturally and technologically were revealed along with the everyday life that was based on a nomadic lifestyle.

Though there was initially the idea that the civilization in Balochistan was linked with the Indus Valley, however, the notion was dispelled by the findings of the German-Pakistani Archaeological Mission. (ANI)

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