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CSUB talk on grave sites in Pakistan
  October 23, 2006
CONTACT:
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, jloveless@csub.edu

The California State University, Bakersfield Anthropology Club present a talk entitled, "Distribution and Nature of Gandhara Grave Culture Sites in Pakistan," with guest Muhammad Zahir, a lecturer in archaeology at Government College in Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Dezember Leadership Center, room 401.

Zahir said Pakistan has given birth to at least two great civilizations: the Indus Valley Civilization (2nd millennium B.C.) and the Gandharan-Buddhist Civilization (1st millennium A.D.) He said the coming of the Aryans about 1800 600 B.C. was a significant event.

"The Gandhara Grave Culture is a term associated with the grave culture of the Indo-Aryans from 1800 to 600 B.C. These grave sites, a primary source of information about the people of this time, are found mostly in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan," Zahir said. Archaeological excavations began in the 1950s and continue to this day. Zahir was involved in the excavation of three new sites between 2002 and 2005. CSUB's Brian Hemphill of the sociology/anthropology department was also involved with these excavations in 2004 and 2005.

Refreshments will be provided during Zahir's lecture.

For more information, please contact Karen Stocker, anthropology club advisor, at (661) 654-6875 or kstocker@csub.edu.

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