Unidentified ruins in the Swat Valley 10031149
Photographer: Caddy, Alexander E.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of unidentified ruins, a pool and a rock face in the Swat Valley, taken by Alexander.E Caddy in 1896. The Swat Valley is situated in northern Pakistan and is one of the most accessible mountainous valleys in the country. In 1895 Surgeon-Major L.A.Waddell went to the Swat Valley to carry out archaeological research. In the first progress report of his deputation he 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." Whether the ruins stood in the upper or lower Swat Valley is unknown.