University of Peshawar (UoP) archaeologists said on Thursday they have discovered remains of Indo-Greek era metal workshop dating back to 2nd century BCE.
UoP professor Gul Rahim said the discovery has been made at a site in the Hayatabad area of Peshawar, close to the Khyber district, where excavation work had been going on for past three years.
About 2,200 years old coins were discovered at the site, Rahim said, adding that Indo-Greeks settled in modern-day Peshawar after relocating from Afghanistan.
Rahim said, “the relics recovered show that the site was some sort of a metal workshop as we have found iron melting pots, molds, trowels, knives, and drills, which were used at the workshop.”
He added that the workshop probably manufactured arrows, bows, daggers, and swords.
Rahim said, “the site shows that the workshop was divided into blocks, whereas remains of furnaces, grinder stones and other vestiges of the era are still clearly visible.”
“This marks the first discovery of an organised Indo-Greek workshop in the province so far,” he said.
“As compared to Buddhist sites that were built using brick masonry, this site was made from clay so it was difficult to preserve it,” said archaeological surveyor Mohammad Naeem. He said similar remains of the Indo-Greek era have been discovered in the Gor Khatri archaeological complex.
Jan Gul, an MPhil scholar at the UoP said it was their first ever discovery of Indo-Greek remains, as they have only studied Buddhist and Mughal relics before.