This article has been extracted from
THE IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF INDIA , 1908.
OXFORD, AT THE CLARENDON PRESS.
Note: National, provincial and district boundaries have changed considerably since 1908. Typically, old states, ‘divisions’ and districts have been broken into smaller units, units, and many tahsils upgraded to districts.Many units have since been renamed. Therefore, this article is being posted mainly for its historical value.
Ancient site in Bannu District, North-West Fron- tier Province, situated in 33 degree N. and 70 degree 36' E., near Bannu town. It is said to have been the seat of government of Rustam, son of Zal-i-zar, or 'Zal of the golden locks,' and a daughter of the Kabul Shah. Rustam's sister, Banu, held it as her apanage, whence the adjacent territory is said to have acquired the name of Banu. Engraved gems of Greek or West Asian provenance, one in the late Mycenaean style, have been found on the site.
[Furtwangler's Antike Gemmen, vol. ii, pp. 27, 59; and vol. iii, pp. 22, 23, and 25.]