Rehman Dheri

Out of many others, Rehman Dheri is one of the finest and the oldest sites of South Asia in Pakistan with and urbanized planning. Rehman Dheri is a pre-Harappan site, dating back to 4000BC. The site is situated 22km north of Dera Ismail Khan in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The site is really adorable and the wall surrounding the whole inhabited area of the town except for the southern side increases the aesthetics of its.
The low mound of the town gets rectangular in shape due to the grid iron network of paths and boulevard


Professor Ahmad Hassan Dani, in 1971 explored the site for the first time.


Professor Farzand Ali Durrani, from 1976 to 1982 carried out excavations and later on, he published a detailed report about the site as well.  Another name also circulates regarding the excavation work at the site, Dr Ihsan Ali.


Professor Ahmad Hassan Dani, in 1971 explored the site for the first time.


Rehman Dehri has been classified into different periods the first period was from c.3300-3850 BC, the second period was from c.2850-2500 BC and the last one was from c.2500-1900 BC.
The formal planning of the site is believed to have been made during the earliest phase and the planning got stimulated over time.


The site got the eyes of the archaeologists and the UNESCO and became a strong contestant to get a place, in the World Heritage List but, nevertheless it has been in the tentative list since 2004.


The stuff found at the site suggests that, either the people of the area were well civilized or the area had different aspects and to get it confirmed, the archaeologists decided to complete the scientific mapping of the site after sending its samples to laboratories in the US for further study.


The salient feature of the Indus valley civilization like grid iron pattern town planning uniformed trade network, pictographic/ideographic writing system seals and sailings mass production of ceramic technology have been found in the early and proto form in Rehman Dheri.Stepping Stone

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Stepping Stone

5000 years old wheat and barley traces have been found at the site indicate that there is still too much to be known. As we can hope to know about the life style, food and other activities of the people if we get some more remains of this kind.



The site is believed to be abandoned during the 3rd millennium BC, at the beginning of the mature Indus phase. Although the site doesn’t have too much to appeal the people currently, as the other sites like Moen-Jo-Daro do but the items found and the work carried out by the archaeologists, advocate that the site has been hiding too much beneath it and once it is explored, there would a plenty of reasons to visit the site with an urge to pay a visit once again, on return.

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