An Archaeological Site Older than Moenjodaro Found in Pakistan
There is much excitement at the discovery of a possibly 9,000 year old archaeological site found in Sukkur, Pakistan. Sukkur is located at the bank of the River Indus in the province of Sindh. Moenjodaro and Harappa, both located in Pakistan, sites of the Indus Valley civilization date back to 2600 BCE, whereas Mehergarh in Balochistan - southeast of Quetta - is even older. The Neolithic period of the Mehergarh site was abandoned between 2000 and 2500 BC.
A team of 22 archaeologists headed by the chairman of Shah Abdul Latif University’s archaeology department and Lakhian Jo Daro project director Ghulam Mustafa Shar found some semi-precious and precious stones and utensils made of clay, copper and other metals during excavation on Thursday. The remains are said to be older than those of Moenjodaro.
Mr Shar told Dawn that remains of a ‘faience’ mirror factory had been found at the project’s second block. It was believed to be of the era of mirror factories of Italy which dates back to some 9,000 years.
He said a painting had also been found and discovery of more such items could establish the site as 9,000 years old, like the remains found at Mehar Garh in Balochistan and Jericho in Palestine.
“At present, we can say that it is older than Moenjodaro,” he said. Mr Shar said that archaeology professors and students from Punjab University, Peshawar University and Islamabad would join the team in a couple of days.