Experts readout papers: Govt with no plans set to proper work on world heritage site
By Nazir Siyal
LARKANA: Three days International Conference on the Indus Valley Civilization at Mohenjo Daro ended with no plans/means and objectives after various research papers presented by the local and global experts here on Saturday.
The concluding session was attended by the Senior Provincial Minister of Sindh Nisar Khuhro along with experts and archaeologists of U.S.A, Spain and other countries threw lights on research, excavation, conservation and exploration of different ancient sites on the concluding day of 3-day International Conference on Mohen Jo Daro and Indus Valley Civilization.
The conference held under auspice of the provincial department of Culture, Tourism, Antiquities and Archaeology and National Fund for Mohenjodaro (NFM) at ancient site Mohen Jo Daro for three days, where the delegates from different corners attended International Conference.
The experts’ read out research papers and suggestions but the concerned had no major plans set to proper work on world heritage sites to disclose on the last day. Dr. Richard H. Meadow, a senior lecturer on Anthropology at Harvard University presented his research on the subject of Perimeter Walls at Harappan sites, adding that “the Indus Civilization has been ongoing since the end of the 19th century, although the civilization itself was only recognized as a cultural phenomenon, as by Sir John Marshall when he noted the similarities between the archaeological remains excavated at Harappa in Punjab and Mohenjo daro in Sindh. He further added these two archaeological sites have since dominated discussion of early complex societies in northwestern South Asia.
Dr. Richard, who is author and co-author of more than one hundred publications detailing aspects of his research in both archaeology and zoo archaeology, said that future archaeological research at Mohenjo-Daro might do well to investigate the location of perimeter walls since rebuilding them might serve as a means of protecting the site, while maintaining the integrity of the representation of the site to the public.
Indian Archaeologist Dr. Vasant Shivram Shinde in research paper said that the Ghaggar basin in the northwest part of India is very often referred to as ancient Saraswati basin, adding that explorations and surveys carried out in this region have brought to light a large number of Harappan sites, of which very few have survived till date.
Excavations carried out at selected sites have pushed back the beginning of the Harappan culture to around 5000 BC. He informed the audience that data had been extracted for the first time for ancient DNA studies.
Later, Provincial Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro highlighted Indus Civilization of Mohen jo daro and evolution in his concluding address on the occasion.