Zahida Quadri- Editor
It is difficult to imagine an organization or individual that has not been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. It had a major impact on academic research and has limited the collaboration and communication infrastructure. Many traditional research activities were largely suspended. Publications on the other hand have been severely hit by the closing of office and printing houses. As an Editor of the journal, I also faced many delays. Now, when the activities have resumed after an unplanned and unprecedented stoppage, we are able to continue our Publications, and here is the first issue of Volume 6 of Sindh Antiquities.
Many people deserve some words of gratitude, especially our Panel of Referees for their cooperation and timely reviews, (sometimes the urgent reviews), our publication and designing team whose weekends even utilized in designing this volume, and also our distinguished authors for their patience in seeing it come to publication.
This volume tried to present a good range of topics. With the approval of the Editorial and the Advisory Board of Sindh Antiquities, we have broadened its scope and have revised our criteria for publication. The creation of new categories allows us to expand the variety of excellent research that we can consider for publication. It is therefore this issue contained some very interesting research findings related to archaeological discoveries, architectural theories, funerary architecture, and studies on art history thoroughly.
A paper on the historic state of Paradan, Baluchistan presents new data about the site. One heritage resource that has not been well studied is “heritage lodging”. Studying Historic Hotels providing an interesting overview from the eyes of its visitors. This issue contained a small account of the role of Hotel Metropole in Karachi which is now decided to turn into a park for children and the elderly. The architectural values and education are correlated and very much linked with culture flourished in the surroundings. It has a well-established history of evolution. Islamic funerary architecture in this context, is yet another interesting field to study, although it raises some crucial and extremely difficult questions about the root causes of architecturally glorifying the dead. The section of architectural studies in the present volume with a set of information on cultural and educational theories discussed the function, values associated with them and the relationship between people and spaces. This issue also publishes essays and critical reviews on art. Examination of Jaina Paintings of Nagarparker, Themes, and styles of Turbans, and arm jewelry of Gandhara in this issue widen the understanding of art with different concepts, and meaning that contributed to our social, political, and spiritual life.
The present issue is an attempt to provide a wide range of approaches with a varied scope of topics. It is hoped that broaden the scope of the journal will make it more international and, diverse than ever before.