On Friday, the executive board of the National Fund for Moenjodaro (NFM) announced a series of events next year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of discovery of the ancient civilisation.

The plan for the centennial celebration will be submitted to the provincial cabinet for approval and a ministerial committee will be formed.

The decision was taken at the 18th meeting of the board presided over by Sindh Minister for Culture Syed Sardar Shah.

Archaeology and Museum director Abdul Fatah Shaikh said that the events will be held in Islamabad and all provincial capitals while the final event will take place in Paris.

According to him, the NFM will invite UNESCO, Paris (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to join in the centenary celebrations.

Pakistan’s foreign office and the British embassy in Islamabad will also contact the family of Sir John Marshall, the Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India from 1902 to 1928, who first initiated the dig at Harappa in 1920 and then at Mohenjo daro in 1922. A plan to produce a short animated film on the ruins and to install a statue of Sir John Marshall at Moenjodaro was also decided at the meeting.

Field diaries, research work as well as two books on Mohenjo Daro and the Indus Valley civilisation would be published as part of the celebration. Training workshops on conservation of ruins and artefacts would also be organised.

The site’s master plan would be revised and updated in consultation with the experts of the field by the end of this year.

From : pk.mashable.com

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