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3,000-year-old cemetery found in Pakistan

Archaeologists have been working to excavate 32 intact graves found in a 3,000-year-old cemetery in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

High on a hill overlooking Pakistan’s scenic Swat Valley sits a recently excavated cemetery. Italian archaeologist Luca Maria Olivieri walks across the site and lays a sun-beaten hand on a clay slab jutting out from a high, dun-colored wall. It’s an ancient grave.

Olivieri says the remains still have to be carbon-tested, but archaeologists believe the graves contain members of a Dardic community, which dominated this part of Pakistan 3,000 years ago.

It’s believed Alexander the Great fought one of his battles here, in the village of Udegram.

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Story: Elizabeth Bettendorf, Physorg | Photo: Physorg

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