Pakistan

Pot Full of Copper Coins Found at 5,500-Year-Old Site of Mohenjo Daro

A team of experts has made a remarkable discovery at the archaeological site of Mohenjo Daro, one of the oldest cities of the Indus Valley Civilization. During conservation work, they found a pot full of copper coins that could shed new light on the history and culture of the ancient civilization.

The discovery was made by a group of labourers who were excavating a collapsed wall at the site. They stumbled upon a pot that contained a number of copper coins carefully packed inside. The labourers initially buried the pot again, but later informed the officials of the archives department who then retrieved it.

Syed Shakir Shah, the director of conservation and preservation, confirmed the finding and said that the coins had been sent to a laboratory for analysis. He said that research would be undertaken to determine the age, origin, and meaning of the coins. He said that some of the archaeologists believed that the coins were centuries old, but nothing could be said with certainty at this point in time. The exact time period and other relevant details could only be confirmed after a laboratory analysis, he added.

Mohenjo Daro is a 5,500-year-old heritage site in the world. It is referred to as the “queen site” as no other example of a civilisation’s planning and administrative capability has been found in any of the archaeological discoveries in the world. The site was built around 2500 BCE and was one of the largest and most advanced cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, also known as the Harappan Civilization. The city had a sophisticated urban planning, sanitation, drainage, and water supply systems. The city was abandoned around 1700 BCE for unknown reasons.

The copper coins found at the site could provide valuable insights into the economic, social, and religious aspects of the Indus Valley Civilization. The coins could also reveal the extent of trade and cultural contacts with other regions and civilizations. The coins could also help to decipher the Indus script, which is still a mystery to scholars. The Indus script is a system of symbols that was used to write on seals, pottery, and other objects. The meaning and language of the script are still unknown, despite many attempts to decode it.

The discovery of the copper coins is a significant achievement for the preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of Pakistan. The site of Mohenjo Daro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national treasure. However, the site is facing many threats and challenges, such as erosion, improper restoration, vandalism, and lack of funds. The site needs urgent attention and support from the government and the international community to protect it from further damage and deterioration.

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