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Malaysian Varsity Maps2000 -year-old Gandhara Civilisation
« on: July 12, 2013, 10:38:45 AM »
Malaysian Varsity Maps2000 -year-old Gandhara Civilisation
Karachi:July 12:The Pakistan High Commissioner to Malaysia, Shahid Kiani, has felicitated the team of 30 Malaysian researchers who recently carried out a seminal study of the 2000-year-old Gandhara civilization.
Pakistan is home to some of the world’s greatest and oldest civilizations and the Gandhara civilization which flourished in the north-west of Pakistan some 2000 years ago is one of them. It is heartening to learn about researchers from Malaysia going to Peshawar and mapping the remains of this rich civilization”, he said in a statement on the return of the 30-member team from Pakistan led by Prof Mokhtar Saidin, Director of the Centre for Global Archaeological Research (CGAR) of the University Sains Malaysia’ (USM) which conducted the month-long research as part of the USM and the University of Peshawar (UoP) framework signed on April 3, 2013.


The research team visited Peshawar from June 4 to July 2, 2013, and mapped the famous Kashmir Smast site besides studying its early civilisation, pre-history and reconstruction of the palaeo-environment there. Kiani hailed the research as historic and epoch-making, given the fresh insights it has provided into the civilisation. He said Pakistan would continue to welcome such initiatives and further encourage academic exchanges and collaboration between Pakistani universities and their counterparts elsewhere around the world to bring out new facets of the rich civilizations which flourished for centuries in the areas now comprising Pakistan.


The CGAR Director, Prof Mokhtar Saidin, also hailed the project which allowed the university an opportunity to study the early civilisation, prehistory, and reconstruction of the palaeo-environment there.


The team did a complete magnetic anomaly mapping of the Kashmir Smast Cave (Great Cave), Kashmir Smast monastery, spring water tank and great water tank to identify their future research potential.


During the mapping exercises, the team made two discoveries of Gandhara stone tools inside the UoP campus and an ‘adze’ stone tool at the Kashmir Smast site. The results of the preliminary studies prove the importance of Kashmir Smast in the pre-historic period and early civilisation.The news.
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