The Archaeological site of Shaikhan Dheri is situated in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, approximately twenty-two miles to the north-east of the provincial capital Peshawar. Archaeologically the entire region has great significance and the area in the immediate vicinity of Shaikhan Dheri is of utmost importance because of three settlements, namely, Bala Hassar, Shaikhan Dheri, and Mirabad-Rajar-Mirziyarat Dheris. The area is generally identified with PUSHICALAVATI- the ancient capital of Gandhara. The above referred three mounds represent, respectively, the first, second, and third phases of ancient Puhkalavati.
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