In an unprecedented excavation, the Directorate of Archeology and Museums (DOAM) discovered 400 Buddhist monuments of various categories from a single site in the Swabi District village of Babu Dehri.
The recent excavation was reckoned as the largest number of antiques and artifacts belonging to Buddhist civilization were recovered in a large quantity, which was a big success in the province’s archaeological history, an official of the DOAM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said while breaking the mega-development made by the department in archaeological studies.
Furthermore, the discovery of a large number of artifacts from a single location, including around 400 monuments and a large stupa, was a major accomplishment and is considered the province’s largest discovery.
The excavation, according to the official, began on scientific grounds about six months ago, and the hard work of his team members resulted in the major achievement of discovering hundreds of Buddhist antiques and a stupa in Swabi.
He stated that the department had received reports about the archaeological richness of the site because illegal digging was occurring there on a regular basis.
He went on to say that the Archaeology Department has now begun work on preserving the site in preparation for its opening to international tourists in order to promote religious tourism.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is home to several Buddhist monastic complexes, including the Bakhshali manuscript dated AD 224–383 and the famed UNESCO World Heritage Site of Takhi-i-Bahi (Throne of Origins) that was founded in the early 1st century AD and continued to remain in use until the 7th century AD.