Unique View of South Asian Archaeology
To view the photographic exhibition view http://www.brad.ac.uk/archsci/depart/resgrp/southasia/charsadda/
thousand five hundred years of South Asian history was on show at a photographic exhibition
at the University of Leicester.
photographs were of the archaeological site of Charsadda, on an old caravan
route from Kabul to Delhi, near to the city of Peshawar in modern North West
Frontier Province, Pakistan.
site is a huge mound, standing 20m high and covering an area approximately 1200
feet by 800 feet. Excavations
by Sir Mortimer Wheeler in 1958 and subsequently by the Universities of Bradford
and Peshawar show that it was settled around 1300 BC and was thought to have
been laid siege by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC.
Ruth Young, who teaches a course in South Asian archaeology at the University of
Leicester School of Archaeology and Ancient History, first worked on the site
while doing her PhD research.
One of a small community of archaeologists in Britain specialising in
South Asian sites, Dr Young arranged for the exhibition to coincide with a
meeting to bring these specialists together at Leicester.
day before, there was be a reception for members of
Leicester’s South Asian community, to give them a preview of the exhibition,
that offered a rare opportunity to see such a significant representation of
South Asian history. The exhibition was opened by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Robert Burgess.
Young commented: “This
photographic exhibition covers Sir Mortimer Wheeler’s work at Charsadda as
well as the more recent project.
Its value lies in showing that cities in South Asia were an indigenous
development, and not the result of external (Greek and Persian) influence.
Apart from that, this is a very photogenic area, and the photographs are
beautiful in themselves.”
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