NEW TEMPLE DISCOVERED IN THE SALT RANGE
The archaeological excavations undertaken in the northern Kafirkot
fortress in northern Pakistan this winter (1997) by Michael W. Meister
and his colleagues Professors Abdur Rehman and Farid Khan of the Pakistan
Heritage Society have revealed a completely unknown new temple (now
designated temple E). This shows clear evidence of two phases of
construction - one probably early in the seventh century A.D., the other
a reappropriation of this structure by the newly established Hindu Shahi
dynasty in the ninth century A.D. (A similar phasing was found last
season in the excavation of temple C.) The most remarkable features of
this new structure are the bold cusped niches in the first-phase platform
that were revealed when part of the fabric of the second-phase
construction was taken away. Excavations continue.
Photos courtesy of Professor Farid Khan, Pakistan Heritage Society.