Clearing mud from an area east of Khairpur Joso, in Pakistan, has resulted in the discovery of an archaeological site locally called Nathar-j-Daro. Local people found some objects when contractors for the Border Works Organization (FWO) lifted mud from a mound that was to be used in the construction of the Larkana-Sehawan highway, according to the official. Department of Culture. The site is on the edge of the Larkana district. It should be noted that the Sindh Department of Culture it has been authorized to care for the ancient sites as mandated by the 18th Amendment.
The curator of Mohenjo-Daro, Irshad Rind, told Dawn that the Nathar-j-Daro mound is located east of Khairpur Joso, about 6 kilometers from Jhukar-jo-Daro and about 12 from the city of Larkana. The site, he says, is unprotected but temporarily on the Jhukar-Jo-Daro stretch of the Larkana-Karachi highway.
The discovered deposit is located in Deh Nathar It appears to be from the late Indus period but requires excavation to determine it, he said.
The commissioner of LarkanaSyed Asif Hyder Shah ordered the FWO to immediately cease mining the mound's mud shortly after obtaining confirmation from the curator that he would visit the site and meet local people on Tuesday. He was accompanied by SSP Aetzaz Ahmed Goraya and an official from the FWO.
The FWO official regretted not having previously known the archaeological importance of the site and has promised to take advantage of the fact immediately.
‘Nathar-jo-Daro'It spans about 12 acres of state land and items such as necklaces, chess pawns and carnelian that were initially recovered from the site need to be investigated, says Arsahd Ridd.
Despite the fact that the FWO removed the mud for a month, fortunately only part of the site was damaged and now the police have been deployed to protect him from further movements, he says.
The commissioner has asked the villagers and the FWO to return the objects in case they had any. He discussed the situation of the site in question with Minister Sassui Palijo and the Secretary of Culture, while the curator has sent a report to the Department of Culture in relation to the discovery.
Another of Larkana Fayaz Jatoi's curators said Thursday that the discoveries included pieces of bones, parts of utensils made with cooked material that will be returned to the conservator for a more exhaustive study.
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