Speakers call for preservation and conservation of archaeological heritage and culture

Peshawar: The rich archaeological heritage and culture is legacy and identity of every nation, which must be preserved and protected through adopting modern research means.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is rich in Gandhara artefacts and sculptures and other Buddhists remains, wherein found new discoveries at various archaeological sites. There is paramount to use modern techniques and latest research methods, while digging at archaeological relics and sites. For this purpose, a comprehensive strategy has been proposed for preservation and conservation of rich archaeological heritage and culture in the province.

This was crux of a three-day International conference on Archaeology and Culture, organised by Directorate of Archaeology and Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in collaboration with Department of Archaeology, University of Peshawar at its baragali summer campus, aimed at to highlight rich Archaeological heritage and culture of KP, besides formulate a comprehensive strategy for their preservation and conservation. Over 70 research papers of archaeological and scholars were presented during the three-day conference.

The conference was formally opened by Vice Chancellor, Peshawar University, Prof Dr Mohammad Rasul Jan. Besides, Director Archaeology and Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr Abdul Samad, Chairman Department of Archaeology, Dr Mukhtar Durrani and conference coordinator Dr Zakarullah Jan, archaeologists, researchers, students, foreign delegations from China, US and Italy were also attended the conference.

Speakers at conference informed the participants regarding new discoveries at various archaeological sites, particularly at the world heritage site Bhamala located in district Haripur. They called upon the archaeology students to focus on research writing to assist them in the practical work. They stressed the need of using modern techniques and latest research methods during excavation at archaeological sites and ancient ruin.

Dr Rasul Jan, in his opening remarks commended the efforts for providing opportunity to researchers and scholars to share their experiences and latest archaeological discoveries through this conference.

“We need to adopt modern techniques and methods while digging on archaeological sites, said Dr Mukhtar Durrani, Chairman Department of Archaeology.

Advisor to Chief Minister on Sports, Tourism, Archaeology, Museums and Youth Affairs, Amjad Khan Afridi also lauded the efforts of Directorate of Archaeology and Museums for organizing research conference, which was provided opportunity to researchers and scholars to shared their latest discoveries and experience during excavation on various archaeological sites in KP.

While appreciating the organizers for successful conduct of international conference, Secretary Tourism, Archaeology, and Youth Affairs, Azam Khan said that provincial government was taking practical step for preservation and preservation of all ancient and rich archaeological sites across the province. He assured the archaeologists and researchers for extending support in conducting excavation through modern and new research methods.

Earlier, Dr Abdul Samad in his opening remarks apprised the participants about main objective of the three-day moot, adding that they have proposed a comprehensive plan to preserve and protect the rich archaeological heritage and culture of the province.

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