Excavation at archaeological site in Cholistan desert starts on March 1

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Lahore; February 26
Excavation work at archaeological site of Tila Ganweriwala in Cholistan desert, Bahawalpur, under the supervision of Punjab Archeology Department will start on March 1 to unearth the remains of once part of great ancient Harappan civilization. This important project also has the support of Commissioner Bahawalpur Office and “THAAP Organization”. Commissioner Bahawalpur Dr. Ehtasham Anwar will be the Chief Guest of the inauguration ceremony. Director General Archeology Punjab Shozeb Saeed and other concerned officials of Punjab Archaeology Department will also participate. DG Archeology while expressing his satisfaction over an important development in archaeology has said that the Ganweriwala Mound of Cholistan was among the major cities of the great Harappan civilization. “Archaeological Excavations at this site will help find the missing link of Indus Valley Civilisation between Harappa and Moenjo Daro.”, DG said. He further told that Punjab Government has approved initial funds for the Tila Ganweriwala project. “This project is just an initial step towards the research and finding questions about the ancient history of this land. Punjab Archaeology will continue these archaeological excavations in future as well’, he vowed.
Eminent archaeologist and former DG Archeology Dr. Muhammad Rafiq Mughal will carry out the excavations at the site while Director Archaeology Muhammad Hassan will work as the Archeology Department’s representative to supervise the project. DG further informed that Punjab Archaeology Department is initiating three more projects of archaeological excavations including Tibba Sangarwala at Kamalia, Taloja Fort at Khushab and Amb Temples at Khushab. He also mentioned that Research scholars from Academia and sister organisations related to archaeology will also be involved during the excavation operations

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