Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2015.
ISLAMABAD: Archaeology is a gateway to the past of any nation, and unexplored sites in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) regions hold great educational and tourism potential.
The lack of exploration is primarily due to lack of resources and the ‘problematic’ locations of some of the sites — right along the Line of Control.
Speakers at a seminar on new archaeological discoveries in AJK and G-B, held on Thursday at the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU)’s Taxila Institute of Asian Civilisation (TIAC), stressed upon the government to establish museums in AJK and G-B. They also called for the provision of land for exploration, and introduction of archaeology as a subject at school and college-levels.
A TIAC team recently discovered more than 100 sites of archaeological importance in AJK, 80 of which were damaged by natural calamities in the region.
Archaeology and Museums Department Director-General Dr Muhammad Arif advised students to pay serious attention to artefacts found during surveys and unearthed during excavations as primary sources of research, besides review of literary sources. Continue reading