Remembering Professor Ahmad Hasan Dani

(1920 – 2009)


Date: 26 January 2017 – Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Venue: Pakistan Academy of Letters, H-8, Islamabad


Professor Ahmad Hasan Dani was a prominent archaeologist, historian and linguist. From the discovery of ancient rock art from the Karakoram Mountains in Gilgit Baltistan to explorations in Balochitsan, Professor Dani shone light on the cultural heritage of Pakistan. He authored over 25 books and numerous articles. Professor Dani created the Department of Archaeology at Peshawar University and was Founding Director of Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations at Quaid-i-Azam University. Also, he established the Islamabad Museum. In recognition of his contributions, Professor Dani was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz and Sitara-i- Imtiaz. He was also awarded Légion d’Honneur by the French government; Aristotle Silver Medal by UNESCO; Order of Merit by the government of Germany; and Knight Commander by the government of Italy. Professor Dani was born in Basna, a village in Central India in 1920 and passed away peacefully in Islamabad in 2009.