PAKISTAN REOPENS ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM WITH ITALIAN HELP

(VELINO) Roma, 17 Dec - Pakistan's Archaeological Museum ofSwat has been reopened after being rebuilt, renovated andexpanded with Italian help. The work on the museum in SaiduSharif was carried out by the Archeology, Community and Tourismproject funded by Italian Cooperation through an agreement ondebt conversion, PIDSA. It was redesigned by Italian architectsand its scientific section renovated by the ItalianArchaeological Mission after being partially destroyed in 2008by a Taliban bomb. The museum holds important finds andremnants of the regional culture formed by the fusion ofBuddhism and Hellenism, a legacy of the

(VELINO) Roma, 17 Dec - Pakistan's Archaeological Museum ofSwat has been reopened after being rebuilt, renovated andexpanded with Italian help. The work on the museum in SaiduSharif was carried out by the Archeology, Community and Tourismproject funded by Italian Cooperation through an agreement ondebt conversion, PIDSA. It was redesigned by Italian architectsand its scientific section renovated by the ItalianArchaeological Mission after being partially destroyed in 2008by a Taliban bomb. The museum holds important finds andremnants of the regional culture formed by the fusion ofBuddhism and Hellenism, a legacy of the conquests of Alexanderthe Great. Italian Ambassador Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani said:"The event received significant coverage in the local media, ifonly because the re-opening to the public has been welcomed asfurther proof of Italy's commitment in and to Pakistan andproof of interest in the Swat region, which is trying torecover after the difficult days of the Taliban occupation." The event, he went on "has certainly confirmed the importantresults for us of the Italian Archaeological Mission, which isa long term symbol of our presence in the country, and has aresonance that goes beyond the borders of Swat". vel.