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City museum, a rich source of studying archaeological profile of ancient Peshawar.

PESHAWAR, March 27, 2011 (Balochistan Times): City Museum, set up by Directorate of Archaeology and Museums for displaying antiques recovered during excavation at ancient Gor Khatri monument, provides detailed information about archaeological and ethnological profile of Peshawar, oldest living city in South Asia. Excavation at Gor Khatri is currently in progress to dig out the exact cultural profile of the walled city of Peshawar, informed Director Archaeology and Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Saleh Muhammad. Saleh Muhammad said city museum was set up with the objective of highlighting the archaeological importance of Peshawar city throughout the world by displaying antiques recovered during excavation. Directorate of Archaeology and Museums KP, he continued, claims that Peshawar is the most ancient living city in South Asia and it is evident from the Excavations at Gor Khatri which reveals that the city has never been abandoned in its 2600 years of history. Once the capital of Gandhara, Peshawar is old so old that its origins are lost in antiquity, remarked Director Archaeology. According to the evidences recovered during excavation, the Directorate has reached upto Indo Greeks period dating back to 3rd century BC which is around 2200 years old. However, he added, excavation is in progress and we have to dig more to find out exact cultural profile of Peshawar and to reach the virgin soil. Saleh Muhammad said presently exact profile of Peshawar city does not exist and it was not clear how much Peshawar city is old. Earlier, he said, renowned archaeologist, Professor Farzand Ali Durrani had made efforts and carried out excavation in Gor Khatri upto 48 feet and reached to Achaemenian period. The current excavation, which reached upto 33 feet, would go up to 60 feet for finding exact Cultural profile of Peshawar. In the city museum around 1800 antiques are displayed including coins, glazed pottery, oil lamps, grinding stones, water pitchers, bangles, beads, antimony rods etc. Some of the antiques are gifted by local people who found these artefacts during excavation in their houses or inherited from their forefathers. The antiquities displayed at city museum belonged to British period and goes back to Sikh period, Mughal regime, Sultanate Ghaznavi era, Hindu Shahi, Kushano-Sasanian, Kushans, Sytho-Parthians (both early and later) and Indo Greeks period (3rd century BC). Students of Archaeology Department and Fine Arts University of Peshawar are also benefiting from the museum by studying evidences for completion of their research papers, he added. He also informed that foreign delegates from countries including Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal etc are visiting the museum. He said Gor Khatri is a very sacred place for Buddhists and people belonging to such religious visits the monument and city museum time and again.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Mar 27, 2011
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