PICTURES| Archaeologists find ‘2,200-year-old workshop from Indo-Greek era’ in KPK

Finding treasure, archaeologists from the University of Peshawar (UoP) discovered remains of a metal workshop in Peshawar.

Archaeologists from Peshawar’s prestigious UoP (University of Peshawar) have found another cultural treasure that links us with our rich history. They have discovered remains of a metal workshop from the Indo-Greek era, dating back to two centuries.

The significant discovery has been made in the Hayatabad neighborhood of Peshawar. Explaining the location of the discovery, professor Gul Rahim told a local news outlet that after the hard work of more than three years, the workshop has been discovered close to the border of the Khyber district.

With the remains, they have also found coins dating back to the same 2200 years old Indo-Greek period, and are estimated to be used as a mode of exchange in the said period of time. The professor added that the Indo-Greeks originally migrated from Afghanistan to the present-day Peshawar, and ruled here for about 150 years.


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“The relics recovered show that the site was some sort of a metal workshop as we have found iron melting pots, moulds, trowels, knives and drills, which were used at the workshop” – said professor Rahim, while speaking to DAWN. 

The workshop also likely to produce arrows, chisels, daggers and swords at that time, he added.

“The site shows that the workshop was divided into blocks, whereas remains of furnaces, grinder stones and other vestiges of the era are still clearly visible” – professor Rahim further revealed. 

~ A crucible.
Photo by Arif Hayat, DAWN
~ Iron chisel.
Photo by Arif Hayat, DAWN

What makes this discovery perhaps the quite significant one in the present times is because this marks the first discovery of an organised Indo-Greek workshop in the province.

“As compared to Buddhist sites that were built using brick masonry, this site was made from clay so it was difficult to preserve it.” – Mohammad Naeem, an archaeological surveyor. 

Note that it is the first time students from UoP were able to see remains of Indo-Greek era, while previously they only studied Buddhist and Mughal relics in the province.

The story originally published in DAWN.

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