Sanghao Cave

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Sanghao Cave
Sanghao Cave
Sanghao Cave Stone cutters
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 on the Pothohar Plateau of Pakistan that was excavated by Ahmad Hasan Dani.


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.


Evidence of human activity in the Middle Palaeolithic has been reported from Sanghao Cave.[2] The cave was excavated by Ahmad Hasan Dani in 1963. Chipped stone, bones, were found during the excavation.[3] Other items included scrapers, quartz tools, blades, flakes, etc.[4][5][6]

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

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