Dam construction to flood 30,000 rock carvings

Published on May 19th, 2011 | by Admin


30,000 rock carvings are set to be lost due to construction of the Diamer-Basha Dam in Pakistan.

These writings not only provide insights into the religious and political situation but also show the name of the rulers and a rough date of the time. The earliest rock carvings in northern Pakistan dates back to the ninth millennium BC (roughly late Stone Age).

When asked about the importance of the rock carvings in one hand and the need of the dam on the other, Hauptmann said: “We (as an archaeologist) have to respect the decision (to build the dam), but it is very sad for us to lose one of the most rich and diverse rock art provinces of the world.”

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Story: Daily India | Photo: Dawn.com

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