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Experts identify 25 archaeological sites in Zone IV, Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD -- The team of archaeological experts has so far identified 25 ancient archaeological sites in Zone IV of federal capital through its ongoing first-ever archaeological survey.

The survey is being conducted by the Department of Archaeology and Museums (DOAM) to find potential sites for excavation, preservation and documentation purposes, saving the precious heritage for future generations.

The survey is being carried out by the archaeological experts through dividing Islamabad into five zones while the objective behind this survey is conservation of endangered archaeological sites and monuments.

'The number of identified archaeological sites and monuments has reached up to 25 in Zone IV of the capital and most of the sites and monuments belong to the Mughal and Sikh periods', said an official of DOAM while talking to reporter.

The official informed that the survey work has been completed in the Zone IV which is the biggest zone among all five zones. The survey was discontinued due to monsoon rains and will continue in Zone V after mid of September.

The experts have discovered historical monuments, worship places of the Sikh community before partition, mosques of the Mughal period, remains of the Buddhist period and memorial of the British period wars in the Zone IV.

The team which is conducting archaeological survey is comprised of archaeological experts, photographers, draftsmen and other necessary staff who are recording the details of the sites for documentation and finding potential sites for excavation, the official said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the project of conducting archaeological survey in capital worth Rs. two million was approved by National Fund for Cultural Heritage (NFCH) to address the threat of endangered sites and monuments due to the climatic changes and construction.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Aug 21, 2017
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