Tribute: Paying homage to a legendary historian

Dr AH Dani remembered for his lifetime contribution to archaeology.

Our Correspondent March 05, 2012


The achievements and contributions of the historian and archeologist Dr Ahmad Hassan Dani have set a precedent and will not be forgotten. This was discussed at a seminar titled, “Dr AH Dani and the Ancient History and Culture of Pakistan” held at the Quaid-i-Azam University here on Monday.

Taxila Institute of Asian Civilisations Lecturer Rafiullah Khan gave a presentation, showing Dr Dani’s archaeological contribution of prehistoric and protohistoric time periods. While speaking on the occasion, Indusians Research Cell President Rauf Azad Kakepoto said that the scientific enquiry of the present archaeological work is lacking in Pakistan.

Skyholk, a German professor on Foreign Faculty Programme in the Taxila Institute of Asian Civilisations, said that the tradition of archaeological excavations of all religions and civilisations in this area should be made, as presented by Dr Dani.

World Bank Washington Director and the eldest son of Dani, Dr Anis Ahmed Dani stated that his father’s vision of the development of national character of the nation through archaeological and anthropological works should be highlighted to evolve a prosperous Pakistan.

In his presentation, Prof Dr Ihsan Ali discussed the lifelong contributions of Dani in developing the archaeology of Bengal (now Bangladesh), of NWFP (now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) and of the Northern Areas of Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2012.


Yash | 9 years ago | Reply

I have read some of the work of Prof. Ahmad Hassan Dani. I hope there will be some capable successors.

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