PU to help unearth Buddhist civilisation in Punjab

LAHORE: A team of professionals under the supervision of the Punjab University's Department of Archaeology Chairman Dr Muhammad Hameed, has joined the ongoing scientific excavation at Dillu Roy, a rich archaeological site, located in Dera Ghazi Khan.

According to initial inspection of the antiquities/objects collected from the surface and from excavation, it can be suggested that the site could be a centre of Buddhist civilisation in Punjab like in Taxila.

Significance of the site in context of Gandhara Civilisation and its extension in southern Punjab would be understood in a better way through the present archaeological excavation.

The excavation project is being headed by Muhammad Hassan, Deputy Director, Southern Circle, Directorate of Archaeology, Punjab. The PU Department of Archaeology is sharing its expertise in the field of archaeological digging, documentation and handling of antiquities, learning survey techniques etc. with the provincial Department of Archaeology in their field project.

Dillu Roy, a site spread over an area of 434 kanals of land, is the biggest settlement so far reported, belonging to the Buddhist and pre-Buddhist period not only in southern region of Punjab but also of the entire province. - APP