About the Author: Rick Snelsire serves as Spokesperson at U.S. Embassy Islamabad.
In a ceremony held July 1 near Taxila, the Ministry of Culture's Additional Secretary S. M. Tahir and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alina Romanowski inaugurated the Jinan Wali Dheri archeological site. The event marked the official public opening of the site, which was partially funded by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.
“This project and others like it demonstrate America's commitment to help Pakistan preserve its rich past,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Romanowski.
The Jinan Wali Dheri site, a Buddhist Monastic complex forming part of the series of the remains of the Gandhara civilization, was discovered during archaeological excavations in the Taxila district. It is one of the best-preserved Buddhist monastic complexes in the Taxila valley.
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad provided two grants from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation totaling over US $73,000 to assist in the restoration of the complex.
In 2001, the United States Congress established the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation to provide direct support to projects in developing countries. Since then, the Ambassadors Fund has supported more than 640 projects worldwide, totaling more than $26 million. Beginning in 2001, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has worked with partners in the Pakistani federal and provincial governments on 16 projects throughout the country. These projects are a true collaboration with our Pakistani partners taking the lead in site selection, technical expertise, and project management.