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New Archaeological Excavations at Hayatabad, Peshwar With Prof Gul Rahim Khan

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Prof Gul Rahim Khan

Gandhara Connections, presents a special talk arranged in collaboration with the Heberden Coin Room of the Ashmolean Museum, supported by the Bagri Foundation. The Department of Archaeology, University of Peshawar conducted a two-months excavation in Summer 2017 at the settlement site in Peshawar. It is placed on the left side of the main Torkham Road just before the industrial zone of Hayatabad. The talk will offer a first glimpse of these fascinating excavations.

The most significant feature of this site is the discovery of a workshop area, possibly used by the blacksmith’s industry and bangle making cottages. The main period of this site is first century BC, which might be extendable to the first century AD and 2nd century BC. The dates of other areas of the site will need to be confirmed after the objects are fully cleaned.

Iron ore and objects, arrowheads and finger rings, shell and glass bangles, human and animal figurines, stone and terracotta bead are reported from these excavations. Potsherds of broken pots are reported in abundance and eight copper coins were unearthed from different layers.

The seminar will take place in a study-room within the museum and for practical reasons it is restricted to fifteen people, but all are welcome on a first-come first-served basis. Please book a place by emailing the Classical Art Research Centre on: carc@classics.ox.ac.uk

Prof Gul Rahim Khan

Is based in the Department of Archaeology, University of Peshawar.  His area of expertise covers a wide range of subjects and themes pertaining to Numismatics. His research has included focusing on the Kushan Period in Pakistan based on Numismatic evidence. His papers have been featured in publications such as Gandharan Studies, (2014). He has been a co-editor for publications such as Ancient Pakistan, Vols. XXIII & XXVI, Research Bulletin of the Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology & Social Anthropology (University of Peshawar, 2012 – 2013).

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