Peshawar: Archaeologists in Pakistan have discovered more than 400 valuable Buddhist artifacts dating back to 1800 years in the country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 400 different artifacts including a Buddhist stupa have been found in Babu Dheri village of Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Dr. Abdus Samad, director of the Department of Archeology of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said, “Archaeologists have discovered 1,800-year-old historical artifacts from the Buddhist period during excavations.”
He said that the excavation work started six months back and the Archaeological Department has now started work towards preserving the artefacts and opening it for tourists visiting the area. Many such archaeological discoveries have been made in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in recent times.
In December last year, a joint excavation team of Pakistani and Italian archaeologists discovered a 2,300-year-old arched temple and some other valuable artifacts from the Buddhist period. The discovery, made in the town of Bazira in Swat district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was said to be the oldest temple of the Buddhist period in Pakistan.