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The Embassy of Italy to Pakistan is pleased to inform that the Italian Archaeological Mission in Swat has discovered an ancient cemetery, which experts believe was built between 1500 BC to 500 BC.
The remains, which belong to a pre-Buddhist era civilization, were discovered at Udegram, which was the capital of Swat during the Hindu Shahi period between the 8th and 10th century. The region was identified as ‘’Ora’’ by Aurel Stein, the city where Alexander the Great fought one of his battles. A total of 23 graves have been excavated at the site, where pottery, ornaments made of bronze and copper, spindles and hairpins, together with skeletons where found.
The discovery was done in the framework of the “ACT (Archaeology, Community, Tourism) - Field School”, a project carried out by the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan, directed by Prof. Luca Olivieri, and the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan). The ACT was launched to revitalize Swat archaeology, almost 60 years after the foundation of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan and financed by the Italian-Pakistani Debt-for-Development Swap Program.

The discovery confirms the cultural richness of the Swat area and the commitment of the Italian Authorities to assist Pakistan in revitalizing its very significant archaeological and artistic patrimony, which lists 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites.


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