Sanghao Cave

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Sanghao Cave
Sanghao Cave
Shanghao Cave (Northwest Pakistan)
Sanghao Cave
Sanghao Cave
location in Pakistan
Location near Peshawar
Region Mardan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
Coordinates 34°3′23″N 71°32′44″E / 34.05639°N 71.54556°E / 34.05639; 71.54556Coordinates: 34°3′23″N 71°32′44″E / 34.05639°N 71.54556°E / 34.05639; 71.54556

Sanghao Cave is a Paleolithic[1] site, located near the village of Sanghao, northeast of Mardan, Pakistan that was excavated by Ahmad Hasan Dani. Excavations from the site yielded evidence of human activity from the Middle Paleolithic period,[2] over 30,000 years ago.

Site[edit]

The cave is located near Peshawar in the Mardan District of northern Pakistan at an altitude of 600 m (2,000 ft). The cave is often referred as Parkho-darra.

Discovery[edit]

Evidence of human activity in the Middle Palaeolithic has been reported from Sanghao Cave.[3][4] The cave was excavated by Ahmad Hasan Dani in 1963. Chipped stone, bones, were found during the excavation.[5] Other items included scrapers, quartz tools, blades, flakes, etc.[6][7][8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Upinder Singh. A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century. Pearson education. p. 76.
  2. ^ Ahmed, Mukhtar (2014-05-29). Ancient Pakistan - An Archaeological History: Volume I: The Stone Age. Amazon. ISBN 9781495490477.
  3. ^ Ahmed, Mukhtar (2014-05-29). Ancient Pakistan - An Archaeological History: Volume I: The Stone Age. Amazon. ISBN 9781495490477.
  4. ^ Ahmad Hasan Dani; Vadim Mikhaĭlovich Masson. History of Civilizations of Central Asia, Volume 1. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 79. ISBN 9788120814073.
  5. ^ "Some Comments on the Mammalian Fauna of Sanghao Cave, a Middle Stone Age Site in Northern Pakistan", by M. Salim, [1]
  6. ^ A. H. Dani (1993). History of Civilizations of Central Asia: The Dawn of Civilization : Earliest Times to 700 B.C. UNESCO. p. 487.
  7. ^ Kumkum Roy. Historical Dictionary of Ancient India. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 282.
  8. ^ Marta Camps; Parth Chauhan. Sourcebook of Paleolithic Transitions: Methods, Theories, and Interpretations. p. 131. ISBN 9780387764870.

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