This volume presents a seminal and pioneering account of the antiquities of Swat and Peshawar (Pakistan) by Harold Deane, discovered in the fort at Malakand, Swat; it presents and transcribes the manuscript and provides extended notes identifying and describing the places that Deane discusses in his article.
The View from Malakand: Harold Deane’s ‘Note on Udyana and Gandhara’ presents an edition with introductions and extensive commentary of a manuscript, discovered by Luca M. Olivieri in the fort at Malakand, Swat, Pakistan, of a seminal and pioneering account of the antiquities of Swat and Peshawar by Harold Deane. The article of which this manuscript is an earlier draft, the first significant contribution to the archaeology of Swat, was published in the Journal of the Asiatic Society (1896), and the manuscript contains interesting additional information that did not make the final text. The book presents and transcribes the manuscript, also including introductory material on its discovery and the life and significance of Deane, and (most importantly) extended notes identifying and describing the places that Deane discusses in his article. The book thus doubles as a gazetteer of this immensely rich archaeological space, and a history of its archaeological discovery. The book includes images of the original article, the manuscript, some of the artefacts referred to by Deane in his article, and an appendix publishing a manuscript by J. W. McCrindle, ‘Alexander’s Campaign in Afghanistan’, found among a small number of Deane’s papers in the possession of his great-grandson in England, which is directly relevant to the composition of his article.
Foreword – Peter Stewart ;
Foreword – Adriano Valerio Rossi ;
H.A. Deane: Life, Work and Context ;
Notes on the Transcription ;
Archaeological Comments on the Note ;
General Notes ;
Deane’s Article ;
McCrindle’s Letter ;
Commentary on McCrindle’s Letter ;
Index of Placenames ;
About the Author
Llewelyn Morgan is Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at Oxford University, specifically interested in Roman poetry and its analysis. Afghanistan and the late-colonial milieu of which Deane was a part forms a second area of interest, and he is the author of The Buddhas of Bamiyan (2012, Harvard University Press). ;
Luca Maria Oliveri (Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan) is Professor of Archaeology of Gandhara at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and Director of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan (ISMEO/Ca’ Foscari). From 2011 to 2016 he was Director of the ACT-Field School Project in Swat, which amongst other achievements in the fields of training, archaeology and restoration, was able to rebuild the Swat Museum, as well as to restore the colossal Jahanabad Buddha, both damaged during the Taliban insurgency.