Local and foreign tourists, as well as researchers, will now be able to access valuable information about all the historical and religious sites of the country through one click through a mobile-based app and a website under the project of “Mapping of Historical and Religious Sites in Pakistan”.
“The project to be executed by Department of Archeology and Museums (DoAM), Islamabad soon will be of great significance for the students, researchers, tourists, and archeologists”, Director Archeology, Abdul Azeem informed while talking to APP on Tuesday.
Pakistan is enriched with a large number of archeological sites carrying great historical and religious significance and this project will help make all the information about both the famous as well as unfamiliar sites accessible to the people, he said.
Abdul Azeem said the project includes mapping of all the historical and religious sites that exist on the map of Pakistan out of which many of the sites were explored before by different students, researchers and archeologists separately.
He informed me that the department will first compile all the information about these sites by involving archeology experts and hiring different consultant firms for which the tender process is going on.
The teams of archeologists and different hired companies will start compilation work of historical and religious sites across the country simultaneously.
The mobile app and website will carry information regarding the significance, origin, and importance of these sites for the users and serve as travelers guide, Abdul Azeem said. This project, he continued, will take more than a year for completion and serve as an impetus for boosting local and foreign tourism and revenue generation in the country.
After the launch of the mobile app and website, the department will continue adding information about the remaining sites as these sites are in thousands, he said.
The DoAM has been working under National History and Literary Division on different projects to preserve the rich cultural and historical assets of Pakistan in form of antiquities and sites.
The department has also completed the project of digitization of artifacts through compiling the digital record of antiquities, Abdul Azeem added.