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Italian archaeologists say they have discovered a cemetery that reveals complex funeral rites dating back more than 3,000 years in Pakistan's Swat valley, recently controlled by the Taliban.
The Italian mission began digging in the 1950s at Udegram, a site of Buddhist treasures in Swat, the northwestern district formerly known as the Switzerland of Pakistan for its stunning mountains, valleys and rivers.
Archaeologists were aware of a pre-Buddhist grave site in Udegram, but only recently discovered the collection of almost 30 graves, tightly clustered and partially overlapping. "Some graves had a stone wall, others were protected by walls and enclosures in beaten clay," Luca Maria Olivieri, head of the Italian mission, told AFP. "The cemetery... seems to have been used between the end of the second millennium BCE and the first half of the first millennium BCE," he added.
Originally posted by Mumbotron
reply to post by SLAYER69
Great thread! That sounds like a beautiful place. Unless I am mistaken, the Taliban would likely not disturb graves (unlike religious idols) as that is forbidden by their religion.