Remains of a 2300 year old Buddhist Temple found in Swat

Remains of a 2300 year old Buddhist Temple found in Swat

December 22, 2021 0

What happened:

Pakistani and Italian archaeologists discovered the remains of a 2300 year old Apsidal temple in Bazira city in Barikot Tehsil of the Swat district. One of the Pakistani archaeologists is quoted by a publication, “Pakistani and Italian archaeologists during joint excavations at a historic site have discovered over 2300 years old Apsidal temple of the Buddhist period in north-west Pakistan.” At the same time, a few precious artefacts were discovered by the archaeologists. 

Picture via Imran Khan’s Twitter.


2700 other artefacts of the Buddhist period were discovered during the joint excavation, including rings, pots and coins. On the other hand, the Italian archaeologist Dr Luca Maria Oliver stated that Swat is home to the oldest archaeological remains. The recent discoveries disclosed that Swat had been home to six to seven different religions. 


Speaking at the occasion of the discovery of the Buddhist temple, the Italian ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese said, “It is so impressive to find something common between the archaeology of Pakistan and Italy. The more we search for the past, the more we find that we have future together.” 

Rana Abdullah Hammad
Rana Abdullah Hammad
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