Asian Section Research at the Penn Museum

This project surveys seventh-to-tenth-century Hindu temples preserved along the Indus River and in the Salt Range, Pakistan.


A two-phase chronology has been worked out, in part confirmed by archaeological discoveries and excavations carried out at one site, Kafirkot North. A series of publications have reported on aspects of the work in progress.

Where

A number of sites are located along the Indus River and on the Salt Range plateau in the North West Frontier and Punjab provinces in Pakistan, south of Peshawar and southwest of Islamabad.

When

These temples represent an early school of temple architecture in the late sixth to eighth centuries, evolving in the ninth and tenth centuries under new patronage into a unique variety of multi-storied temple.

Researchers

  • Michael W. Meister, University of Pennsylvania
  • Abdur Rehman, University of Peshawar (emeritus)
  • Farid Khan, Pakistan Heritage Society, Peshawar

Project Overview

Salt Range Temple Project surveys seventh-to-tenth-century Hindu temples preserved along the Indus River and in the Salt Range, Pakistan. A two-phase chronology has been worked out, in part confirmed by archaeological discoveries and excavations carried out at one site, Kafirkot North. A series of publications have reported on aspects of the work in progress.

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