Renowned archaeologists from the U.S.A, U.K,France, Spain, Japan and Italy, who are currently attending the 3-day International conference on Mohen Jo Daro and the Indus valley civilization, being held at the ancient site, readout their research papers on technical aspects dealing with the research and excavation carried out hitherto; measures undertaken to protect and preserve the site for posterity; mid-term plans for the site preservation; promotion of tourism; signs of the Indus script discovered so far; seals carving techniques and other related issues.
Archaeologist from Japan Dr. Ayumu Konasukawa, who has obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Archeology at the Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute (Pune, India), readout his paper on the subject of “Chronological change & continuity of Seal Carving Techniques from the Early Harappan to the Haprappanperiods in the Ghagar Basin. Another scholar from the same country, Dr. Atsushi Noguchi readout his paper on” Development of Lithic Technological System And Socio-Economic integration Through The Early Harappan Period: The key Role of the Northern Sindh & Mohenjodaro.
Dr. Rita Patricia Wright, archaeologist from the United States of America, who is a Senior Lecturer on Anthropology, Harvard University, readout his research papers on the subject of, “Enigmatic” polities and the Indus Civilization”. French Scholar Ms. Sophia Merry, who is currently the Director of French Archeological Mission to the UAE excavated sites in Abu Dhabi, could not come to attend the conference, however, her research paper on the subject of “Beyond the trade: the potters of Meluhha (Pakistan) as vectors of the diffusion to Magan( Eastern Arabia) of a technological and material culture during the Indus Period”.
The expert termed the Sindh Government’s decision to convene International Conference on Mohen jo Daro and the Indus Valley Civilization, as a need of hour and expressed their optimism that recommendations finalized by the conference would be implemented with strong commitment and determination.
Former Sindh Minister and Senator, Sassui Paleejo in her presidential address of one session said that before 18th constitutional amendment, the federal government did not pay required attention to the archeological sites, adding that in the wake of devolution of powers, the provincial governments would be taking concrete measures to protect and preserve the world heritage for the posterity.
The participants were informed on some projects and initiatives launched by the government of Sindh in order to protect the site from the onslaughts of flood, water logging and salinity with the help of satellite images