Archaeologists discovers ancient Buddhist temple in Pakistan dating back to 300 B.C.

The most ancient Buddhist temple of Pakistan has been discovered in the Bazira area of Barikot tehsil in Swat. Researchers from Ca’ Foscari University and the Italian Archaeological Mission discovered the site with the cooperation of the province’s archaeology department and museums. Italian ambassador Andreas Ferrarese said he was glad to learn that the new discovery was also made by Italian archaeologists.

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Abdul Samad Khan, the chief archaeologist in Swat, said the discovery comes from the same place where Hindu temple remains were discovered last year. The find was significant in many ways, especially in terms of religious harmony, tolerance, and multiculturalism in the Gandhara period.

Source: Dawn