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Archaeologist casts doubt on villagers’ claim about ‘artefacts’

Archaeologist casts doubt on villagers’ claim about ‘artefacts’

BADIN: Qasim Ali Qasim, director of archaeology and museums, has cast doubt on villagers’ claim that they have discovered all the artefacts in the Vidhri Chak area of Wango town along the dried riverbed of the ancient Hakro river because ‘most of the articles have varying backgrounds and belong to different civilisations’.

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Mr Qasim, who along with a team of experts visited the area near Shadi Large town on Thursday in the wake of reports about ‘discovery’ of artefacts by villagers, said that more teams would be sent to the area to further verify the artefacts, since most of them appeared to have different backgrounds.

Three main articles among the large hoard of artefacts looked like they belonged to Gandhara civilisation while a few carried all the hallmarks of Hindu civilisation, which might be a thousand years old but were commonly found in this area, particularly in Thar, he said.

He said that a vast area near the ancient Wango town had been mercilessly dug up and destroyed in the process by locals in search of gold and other valuable objects. Most of the people living in nearby villages had become treasure hunters, he said.

During the visit, the official also met villagers in both the districts including Mr Habibullah Loond, who claimed to have discovered many of the artefacts after recent rainfall in the area.

Mr Qasim said that he would submit a detailed report to Secretary Niaz Ahmed Abbasi after further verification of the artefacts.

Published in Dawn October 2nd, 2015

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