Artifacts and coins stolen from Pakistan Buddhist site

Published on January 7th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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Various artifacts from the Gandhara civilization, including ancient coins, have been stolen from a mound near the Mohra Moradu Buddhist monastery in Pakistan.

It has been learnt that a gang of influential treasure hunters carried out illegal digging at a mound in village Tofukian located near Taxila and recovered different antiquities especially coins of Kushan dynasty dated back to second Century to 5th century AD.

The small village is located on the border of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa adjacent to ancient Buddhist site of Mohra Maradu stupa. Sources said that illegal treasurer hunters first dig out coins and artifacts with the help of metal detectors and then levelled the land with the help of tractors to conceal their crime. It is learnt that this incident of human vandalism, illegal excavation and theft of the ancient cultural heritage came under spotlight when some villagers spotted some stranger people mapping land with metal detectors and later digging the area and informed officials of department of archeology as well as police.

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Story: Dr. M. Ramazan Rana, Pakistan Observer | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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