Rock inscription in unknown characters, Swat Valley
Photographer: Caddy, Alexander E.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a rock in the Swat Valley, with inscriptions incised into its face and with an Indian figure posed above it taken by Alexander.E Caddy in 1896. The Swat Valley is situated in Northern Pakistan. In 1895 Surgeon-Major L.A.Waddell visited the Valley to carry out archaeological research and described his first view of the area, "It is eminently picturesque...and fully justifies its name of Udyana, which means a 'park or 'garden.' It looks a lovely land-locked plain of the richest green, dotted over with trees,-olive, mulberry, tamarind. Through its rich meadow rushes the winding and many-armed river which waters innumerable rice and other fields, while graceful mountains with bold outlines and fairly well-wooded slopes bound it on both sides. Truly to the traveller from the dry and dusty plains of the Punjab this rich and well-watered valley of refreshing green must seem indeed a paradise." The markings on the rock shown here are unidentified and whether the picture was taken in the lower or upper swat valley is also unknown.