Site older than Moenjodaro found in Pakistan

January 23rd, 2009 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Jan 23 (ANI): An archaeological site, about 5,500 years old, has been found in a district in Pakistan, which has been claimed by experts as being older than the ruins of Moenjodaro.

According to a report in Dawn, the site was found in Lakhian Jo Daro near Goth Nihal Khoso in the district of Sukkur.

The find is said to be of the era of Kot Diji.

A team of 22 archaeologists, headed by the chairman of Shah Abdul Latif Universitys archaeology department and Lakhian Jo Daro project director Ghulam Mustafa Shar, found some semi-precious and precious stones and utensils made of clay, copper and other metals during the excavation.

The remains are said to be older than those of Moenjodaro.

The remains of a faience mirror factory had been found at the projects second block. It was believed to be of the era of mirror factories of Italy which dates back to some 9,000 years, according to Shar.

He said that a painting had also been found and discovery of more such items could establish the site as 9,000 years old, like the remains found at Mehar Garh in Balochistan and Jericho in Palestine.

At present, we can say that it is older than Moenjodaro, he said.

Shar said that archaeology professors and students from Punjab University, Peshawar University and Islamabad would join the team in a couple of days.

He said the work on the second block would continue for a month and more items could be found. (ANI)

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