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16 March 2010
Bronze Age sites discovered in Pakistan

The Italian archaeological mission in Pakistan has discovered a large number of Buddhist sites and rock shelters in Kandak and Kota valleys of Barikot in Swat in the North West Frontier Province which depicted the carvings and paintings from the Bronze and Iron ages. "These are some of the finest and most fascinating ancient discoveries preserved in good condition," said Director of the archaeological mission, Dr Luca Maria Olivieri, yesterday. These rock carvings depict agricultural cult scenes in red colours, cup marks meant for rituals, for example, for holding liquids or preparing the ochre pigment, dancing scenes, battle scenes and a large number of animals," said Dr Olivieri.

Source: Gulf Times (8 March 2010)

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