International Conference on Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in Pakistan and Adjacent Regions
Margala Hotel, Islamabad Jan 5-7, 2012
Sponsored by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies
with support from the US Embassy, Islamabad
In collaboration with the Department of Archaeology and Museums
Ministry of National Heritage and Integration
Government of Pakistan
Pakistan lies at the intersection of important historical and modern trade and exchange networks that link Afghanistan and Central Asia to the Indus Valley region and beyond to Peninsular India. The Indus valley and adjacent regions have also played an important role in maritime trade to the regions of Gujarat, Oman and the Arabian/Persian Gulf area. This conference would bring together leading archaeologists and museum specialists of Pakistan with US scholars and scholars from adjacent regions to discuss their most current research and develop future collaborative projects. The topics will range from the Prehistoric and Proto-Historic Indus Valley, to the Early Historic and Islamic Periods
This conference will be a chance for Pakistani, US, and other regional scholars to share their recent discoveries and discuss ongoing problems of dating and classification. Other aspects of Cultural Heritage research, preservation, conservation and education will also be discussed. In addition to inviting leading scholars from throughout Pakistan, we also plan to invite a five leading scholars from both India and Afghanistan and may have selected scholars from other regions such as Kuwait and Oman.
Students from universities throughout Pakistan will be able to attend the conference and see the importance of cultural heritage. Most important will be the fact that the conference will be held in Islamabad and that members of the various ministries can attend to find out what the most important issues are. The conference will result in a significant edited volume that will be printed in Pakistan in order to make it available to the local schools and universities. In this way the results of the conference will be disseminated widely within the country as well as internationally.