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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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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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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.
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.