UNESCO and Japan support Afghanistan’s efforts towards removing the Bamiyan Valley from the List of World Heritage in Danger; Unesco

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UNESCO, Japan Sign $3M Bamiyan Project; Zahra Rahimi; Tolo

The embassy of Japan in Afghanistan and UNESCO on Wednesday signed a landmark agreement in Kabul that will pave the way to bring the cultural heritage sites and other archeological…

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Afghanistan- Preparing the Removal of Bamiyan from the List of World Heritage in Danger; MenaFM

Afghanistan officially endorsed a new project in the Culture Sector, in an agreement signed between Mitsuji Suzuka, Ambassador of the Embassy of Japan and Jordan Naidoo, Director of the UNESCO Kabul Office and Representative to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The new project signed ‘Sustainable Management of the World Heritage…

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President Trump threatens to destroy Iranian historical sites; Matthew L Self; Washburn Review

President Trump issued a threat on Twitter Jan. 4 directed toward Iranians that was visible to thousands on the social media platform.

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Historical Places to visit in Afghanistan; The Global Dispatch

Being at a crossroad for many peoples and cultures throughout ages, Afghanistan has a very rich history. From being at the centre of the Silk Road, to…

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7 historic treasures destroyed in wars that travelers will never get to see; Phil Norris; Matador Network

Invaluable cultural loss.

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Tourists rush to Afghanistan’s scenic national park; Press TV

Band-e-Amir national park in central Bamiyan province offers an opportunity to Afghans to enjoy their holidays.

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2 Giant Buddhas Survived 1,500 Years. Fragments, Graffiti and a Hologram Remain; Rod Nordland; NY Times

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AFGHANISTAN In addition to lives and education, Taliban wiping out Afghanistan’s artistic heritage; AsiaNews

Every year thousands of artefacts are stolen from tombs and museums, resold in the West and, increasingly, in the Gulf as “unprovenanced” works. Two days ago, one of Ghaznain Fort’s ancient towers collapsed. Seized by the Taliban, the Minaret of Jam could end up like the Bamiyan Buddhas.

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Cultural Preservation Paves The Way To Peace In Afghanistan; Morwari Zafar; Gandhara

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After Centuries Of Neglect, Afghanistan’s Historic Minaret Under Threat From Taliban; Frud Bezhan & Qadir Ghafori; RFERL

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Safeguarding of World Heritage site of the Minaret of Jam; Maria Rita Acetoso; Unesco

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18 killed as Taleban strike near historic Afghan minaret, South Asia; AFP

Taleban fighters have stormed several security posts providing protection to Afghanistan’s historic minaret of Jam, cutting access to the Unesco World Heritage Site and…

Source: 18 killed as Taleban strike near historic Afghan minaret, South Asia

Afghanistan- Govt, UNESCO Criticized for ‘Inattention’ to Minaret of Jam; MenaFN

A special meeting attended by officials from Ministry of Information and Culture and representatives of…

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Floods threaten Jam minaret, 12th century Afghan gem; AFP

Deadly floods sweeping Afghanistan have put the celebrated minaret of Jam — one of the country’s most revered cultural, architectural and…

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Earthen Heritage Conservation: A Perspective from Afghanistan; Sajjad Sharifi & Angela Escobar; The Iris

Urban planner Sajjad Sharifi on his work for UNESCO in Kabul and challenges to conserving the local earthen architecture…

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Despite their looting, Houthis cannot erase a legacy of civilisation; The National

Attempts to destroy Yemeni culture and history will ultimately fail…

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Saving Afghanistan’s Incredible Heritage; Laure Cailloce; CNRS News

Afghanistan – Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

For nearly a century, the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan (DAFA) has been drawing up an inventory of the archaeological heritage of one of the world’s most unstable countries. Some 5000 sites have already been discovered, both on the ground and from the air. They reveal Afghanistan’s remarkable archaeological wealth, including protohistoric, Greek, Buddhist and Islamic remains, as archaeologist Julio Bendezu-Sarmiento explains.

For the last thirty years, Afghanistan has been associated with images of war, of the Soviet occupation, civil strife, and the Taliban—to the point of concealing the extent to which the country once fired the imagination of archaeologists and adventurers of every sort. It was there that Alexander the Great, who had set out to conquer Asia, is said to have met and married the beautiful Roxana around 330 BC. Buddhism found fertile ground there too, yielding some of its most beautiful works of art, such as the tragically renowned Buddhas carved into the cliffs of the Bamiyan valley, and destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

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Afghanistan- Minaret of Jam documentation short video revealed; MenaFM

Afghanistan – Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam

UNESCO on Sunday revealed a short video summarizing its thorough documentation works on the ‘ of Jam’ in western province.

The Minaret of Jam, one of ‘s most prominent, was included in the UNESCO list of ‘ Heritage Properties in Danger’ in 2002.

A statement from UNESCO said the video is now available on social media website Youtube.

In September 2017, a mission took place for a thorough documentation of the Minaret of Jam with international assistance from World Heritage Fund and UNESCO’s Heritage Emergency Fund and with the strong endorsement of the Presidential Palace.

The Presidential Palace provided all of the security and logistic arrangements and the mission was critical to assess the current state of the minaret and surrounding archaeological area.

The Minaret of Jam is located in Ghor province around 200km east of western Herat City at the confluence of Hari Rud and Jam Rud rivers.

Its isolated location may have prevented the monument from intentional destruction in the past, but in return, this isolation poses serious challenges today in terms of accessibility, feasibility of conservation and stabilization works and long-term maintenance.

 

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Official Warns Of Vanishing Archeological Sites In Bamiyan Valley; Abas Naderi & Abubakar Siddique; RFERL

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Afghanistan – Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

BAMIYAN, Afghanistan — The Afghan official in charge of looking after the archeological remains in Bamiyan Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, says they are threatened with complete annihilation.

Ahmad Hossein Ahmadpur, the head of the government’s cultural department in the central province of Bamiyan, says the sites, which range in age from 1,500 to 2000 years old, now face extinction.

“What is really worrying is that the erosion and destruction of various archeological sites around Bamiyan Valley are increasing every day,” he told Radio Free Afghanistan on January 24. “Most of them require urgent repairs and preservation to prevent further damage.”

According to UNESCO, eight separate sites in Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush Mountains constitute the region’s unique heritage. Collectively, they are recognized as a World Heritage site.

The most famous monuments in Bamiyan were two large Buddha statues carved into niches in the valley’s cliffs 15 centuries ago. They are still significant global sites even after the Taliban blew up the statues in 2001.

Other sites such as caves housing Buddhist monasteries, chapels, and sanctuaries where wall paintings from the Gandharan period are now disappearing.

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