26 April 2007

Pakistan's Cultural Heritage in Peril

Dam Threatens Ancient Buddhist Stone Carvings

Some 35,000 petroglyphs located in Pakistan's Indus River area will soon be flooded by a giant dam. An archeologist from Heidelberg is trying to save as much as he can before encroaching modernity destroys the remote area's cultural history.

I do hope this archaeologist is able to save as much of this history as is possible. It is such a shame when history is destroyed like this. It's terrible enough that such historical objects were destroyed hundreds and thousands of years ago before their importance was realized. Now that we know the importance, we need to be doing everything possible to save sites such as this.

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