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Archaeology At Käfirkot And Problems Of Platform Extensions

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Two seasons of excavation undertaken by the Pakistan Heritage Society in north Kāfirkot fort has revealed archaeological evidence to contribute to the history and chronology of its monuments. The remains of four east-facing temples built of kañjūr blocks stand above ground in the fort, Temple D near the fort's main gateway to the north, Temples A and B toward the center of the plateau, and Temple C and the remains of a two-storey structure called the Māri slightly lower to the south. To excavate the east faces of platforms for Temples A, B, and E a century-old wall built of boulders leading across the site had to be moved. Characteristic of the early years of Udi-Śāhi hegemony at in the ninth and tenth centuries was the reshaping and expansion of older shrines.

Keywords: chronology; Kāfirkot; temples



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