Construction Methods in Ancient Taxila

Illustration

Muhammad Bin Naveed
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published on 27 May 2015

The various levels of construction in the cities and monuments of Taxila from the oldest (bottom) to the latest (top) as recreated at Taxila Museum.

-Early Rubble Masonry: 2nd cent BCE and earlier (Bottommost)
-Rubble Masonry: 2nd cent BCE to 1st century CE
-Small Diaper Masonry: 1st cent CE to 2nd cent CE
-Large Diaper Masonry: 2nd cent CE to 3rd cent CE and later
-Semi Ashlar Diaper Masonry: 2nd cent CE to 5th cent CE (Topmost)

These systems did not always replace each other but also were used side by side depending on the type of construction i.e. buildings of more importance and relevance were created with more care and the less important ones had less finesse involved.



About the Author

Muhammad Bin Naveed
I have completed my Masters in Archaeology and Bachelors in Architecture. After completing my Architectural degree I found that I could help in the field of archaeology in Pakistan to virtually preserve the threatened heritage of the country.

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