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7 June 2010
Grave from 17th century BCE excavated in Pakistan

Archaeologists claimed to have excavated ancient graves and artefacts made of clay dating back to 17th century BCE in remote Parwak village of Chitral district (Pakistan). Members of the excavation team of Directorate of Archaeology and Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Zorawar Khan, Fawad Khan and Mir Hayat said that the fresh finding would add to new information about the Aryan civilisation as human skeletons and pottery objects found there belonged to that ancient era.
     Aryan people spread from Central Asia in the shape of nomads from 1700 to 1500 BCE and some of them settled in Chitral district in the bygone age. Human remains, pottery, artefacts and the images carved on various excavated objects shed enough light the way Aryan people lived. The excavators said the late noted archaeologist, Dr Hasan Dani, named the civilisation of that time as Gandhara grave culture. However, they added, the newly found skeletons were different from the ones excavated in Singoor and Chamarkun. Zorawar Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Archaeology Department was interested in building a museum in Chitral and work on the project would be started soon.

Source: The News International (3 June 2010)

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