ECHOES FROM THE DUST: REVIVINGTHE NEGLECTED HERITAGE OF DISTRICT DIR LOWER KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA
Within the realm of heritage, a multitude of aspects come to light. Among these, Archaeological sites emerge as distinct repositories of cultural and historical importance, serving as windows into the fascinating stories of past societies and civilizations. Archaeologists and stakeholders globally embark on endeavors to excavate, study, and preserve these invaluable sites, aiming to enrich our understanding of the past and safeguard cultural heritage for posterity. Among this global pursuit, the region of District Dir Lower emerges as a unique cradle of historical heritage, hidden in mysterious whispers from centuries past, nestled within the majestic landscape of Pakistan, District Dir Lower stands as a testament to the passage of time, encompassing a diverse and rich history spanning prehistoric, protohistoric, and historic periods. A nexus of the renowned Gandhara Civilization, this region holds traces of Alexander the Great historical conquests, ancient Buddhist and Hindu relics, bearing witness to a fascinating tapestry of history. Despite its illustrious past, District Dir Lower faces the poignant reality of neglect, obscuring its priceless archaeological legacy. This paper embarks on exploration of neglected archaeological treasures, seeking to unveil the factors behind their neglect. Through interviews and observations, this paper unravels the challenges these sites face including lack of funding, limited awareness, and bureaucratic hurdles. This research echoes a call to action, urging collaboration to revive these forgotten echoes of time and safeguard our cultural heritage.