Digging on ancient Sikandar South in KP


Peshawar: During ongoing excavation on ancient Sikandar South in D.I.Khan, conducted by Directorate of Archaeology and Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in collaboration with Department of Archaeology, University of Peshawar has discovered remains of Indus civilization.

A team of archaeologists has engaged in digging on unique site of Sikandar South in D.I.Khan, discovered relics of Sindhi civilization. The important aspect is that KP areas of D.I.Khan and Bannu are rich in archeological artifacts, said Dr Abdul Samad, Director Archaeology and Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in a press statement here on Wednesday.

He said the Department has initiated excavation jointly with Archaeology Department University of Peshawar, a month ago, through which made discoveries of Harapa and Indus valley.

Dr Samad, who is also project Director said that Gomal valley of KP is rich in Archaeology and revealed evidences of the origin of Indus valley civilization. This site excavation has proved that KP is birthplace of Indus valley civilization, he said.

“We have found remains of almost 2600 BC contemporary to Indus valley civilization”, he informed. Similarly, he said a survey was also completed in district Buner, wherein hundreds of archaeological sites have registered

Dr Zakirullah from Department of Archaeology Peshawar University said the site of Sikandar south located in D.I.Khan is unique and eminent.

Secretary Archaeology, and Museums, Azam Khan said that the provincial government is committed to protect and preserve the ancient archaeological remains and other historic places in the province.

For this purpose, the secretary said department has undertaken practical steps for promotion of archaeological heritage ‘Preservation and protection of ancient sites and places is top priority, under a comprehensive strategy, the secretary said. He said the recent discoveries, particularly at Sikandar South site, is part of department and provincial government efforts.

Azam Khan said viewed that a coordinated strategy has evolved to work-out for promotion and preservation of archaeological sites, besides steps for re-energizing tourism, sports, and youth activities in the province.

He said: We are making all out efforts to promote our rich-traditions, culture, importantly old heritage and archaological sites. He further said the incumbent provincial government has undertaken steps in appropriate manner in this regard. He assured the archaeologists and researchers for extending support in conducting excavation through modern and new research methods.