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Ancient rocks at Hund city.
Ancient rocks at Hund city.

SWABI, Aug 17: The provincial archaeology and museums directorate has found remains of houses, coins and household articles of Hindu Shahi dynasty in Hund area of Swabi district during the latest excavation.

Asif Raza, in charge of Hund Museum, told Dawn on Friday that excavation in Hund, one of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s major archaeological sites, began in June 1996 after inauguration by archaeologist late Dr AH Dani and then provincial culture secretary Arshad Sami Khan.

He said Hund city was developed on the bank of the River Indus and washed away by flooding.

“The actual name of Hund is Udabhandapura. Alexander came here in 327BC. He crossed the River Indus in Hund when one of his generals prepared a boat bridge.

“Famous Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang passed through this area in 644AD. After Peshawar and Charsadda, it was the third capital of the Hindu Shahi dynasty,” he said.

Mr Raza said beautiful houses, coins, jewellery and other household articles of the Indo-Greek and Hindu Shahi eras had been found during excavation.

“We’ve also discovered parts of the city’s boundary walls,” he said.

The in charge of the museum said the government had taken numerous steps to develop the place into a tourist attraction.

“In 2002, 33 kanals of land was acquired for the establishment of Hund Museum. And once it was there, a monument of Alexander was put in place to remember his sojourn to Hund,” he said. He added that a rest house and a bypass road to the museum had also been built.

Mr Raza said many other historical places in the district had also been excavated.

“The entire exercise was carried out to determine the exact cultural profile of the people of ancient times. It helped Hund regain its lost fame and glory,” he said.

The in charge of the museum said buildings of Kushana, Hindu Shahi and Islamic eras were found during excavations.

“The houses and other building of Kushanas and Hindu Shahi periods showed the marvel engineering know-how of the people of ancient times. They had beautiful rooms and halls, rows of pillars, steps, floors levels and ovens. The places where they existed had gorgeous gateways and planned streets,” he said.

Mr Raza said drainage system found in Hund turned out to be the most developed of that time.

“We’ve found such a drainage system at places excavated so far in the world,” he said.

The in charge of the museum said the facility would pull in large crowds from within the country and abroad in future.

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Comments (14) Closed

Aug 18, 2012 01:20pm
So what if it highlights ancient glory. Good artic E but does not reflect the mood in the country. Minorities as Pakistanis are in the Arab countries, should rise to correct the flaws in the country. All in all good article but bad timing, hope this stops minorities from fleeing the country.
Aug 18, 2012 12:51pm
It is refreshing to note that something is being done to preserve our world heritage.
Pankaj Patel (USA)
Aug 19, 2012 07:57pm
Instead of spreading the news why not keep it secret. It has remained protected only because it remained hidden.
Ali Gohar
Aug 19, 2012 05:04pm
This was a bit off the mark and not related the main topic. By the way who except the Dravadians in India had one time other not invaded Hindustan. If one were to believe this crap, only the South Indians are the true dwellers of India and the rest are invaders. The cultural richness of India which we see today owes itself to repeated invasions starting as far back as 1500BC probably even before that.
Aug 19, 2012 04:29pm
All these areas were hindu civilization ,the first pictures were taken by British photographer before partition. these are arechaelogical wonders and heavenly place on earth thanks to Dawn
Aug 26, 2012 12:52am
Pakistanis need to be proud of their brilliant Hindu ancestors, not the barbarians from the deserts who converted them.
Aug 24, 2012 08:53am
Dawn..why have you disabled the comments rating? :( i used to enjoy top comments
Aug 29, 2012 03:59am
Ali Gohar's comment tops all. Also, the reference of Swat as "Paradise on Earth" is actually used first in the Original Religious book of the inhabitants of Indus Valley in their scriptures known as Rig Veda when it was written in swat thousands of years ago. The book actually mentions all weathers of swat and colors the valley changes in different seasons and it even tells about when lambs and goats comes down from high hills to low pastures for grazing etc. Now the word "Hind" was given by the Invaders to the land and it's inhabitants who lived on the banks of the once mighty river called Indus or Sindus that flows through the valley we now know as Pakistan. Searching and finding out instead of negating or denying one's origins from history actually is as birth right of any human being that no one can deny another. One can believe in anything that's part of evolution but avoiding to discover the past is nonhuman.
Aug 19, 2012 12:31pm
No change in Mindset !Monument of Alexander will be placed ! So Pakistan is in line with its tradition since 1947 to celebrate the invaders as their Heroes !
Cyrus Howell
Aug 18, 2012 08:07am
The in charge of the museum said the facility would pull in large crowds from within the country and abroad in future. It really should, when the time is right.
Aug 19, 2012 01:08am
I guess people like the DPC, JUI, TTP and PTI will one day demolish this beautiful findings.
Malik - Aus
Aug 19, 2012 05:53am
Swat is safe to visit and it is heavan on earth.... i just had my friend Candian Pakistani friend living in Australia went down in May to the area and had good time visiting Swat and surroundings. i encourage other Pakis abroad and other nationals to please vist the area it is gem of place and i am sure you will remember the experience for life time.....
Aug 20, 2012 08:57am
Beautiful observation Ali, right on the mark. That is the real beauty of Hindustani culture which is part of our culture as well. I really hope our Indian friends will agree with you.
Aug 20, 2012 05:27pm
Well said Ali Gohar.. . igonre the diatribes of that bigoted countryman of mine- hitesh. regards Leslie, Mumbai