Relics of three civilizations found in Pakistan

June 10th, 2008 - 3:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, June 10 (ANI): The relics of three civilizations have been found in Pakistan, namely from the 2,400 year old Buddhist era, 8th century AD Hindu period, and the 300-year-old Aurangzeb period.

According to a report in The International News, the relics were found under Margalla Hills, at a distance of 15 kilometres from the main Golra intersection in Pakistan.

Among the findings are cages belonging to the Buddhists.

Here, monks used to perform their religious rites in isolation and the emergence of murals on the wall support this view.

The murals were not visible previously, but with the passage of time, the layers of smoke and dust over the walls washed out and the original came out, said Ansar Ahmed, an archaeologist.

Ahmed said that with the discovery of the murals, there were chances in the extension of Taxila history which presently goes back to 5th century BC as it appeared that both places are linked with each other in one way or the other.

The excavation of the site could reveal important structures of the site which would help determine its time period exactly, he said.

According to the report, the murals found on the site need immediate attention of the archaeological department as they are in a dilapidated condition and require preservation on immediate basis, otherwise they could disappear or become disfigured due to vagaries of weather or even due to vandalism of some religious zealots among the villagers.

A natural roadway passing through the caves to Taxila is assumed to be a way used by Alexander the Great. The step wells and mango trees on the way also indicate that they belong to Mughal period.

A deteriorated structure of the building on its premises is believed to be the structure of a mosque. The archaeologists suggest that the mosque was built during the Aurangzeb period.

According to Professor Dani, the mosque belongs to Aurangzeb era as the small sized bricks used in its construction were used at that time, said Ansar.

Surrounded by thick bushes, the mosque has been turned in to a deserted place where the villagers hesitate to visit due to the abundance of reptiles and insects.

This makes it important for the Department of Archaeology and Museums, who had already declared and protected the site, to take immediate attention to conserve it, which has everything to attract people with its lush green old trees, fresh water streams, archaeological sites and mountains. (ANI)

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