Re: the fate of the famous finds

From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Wed Nov 21 2001 - 19:02:30 MST

On Wednesday, November 21, 2001 5:15 PM scerir wrote:
> Systematic excavations in Afghanistan commenced with the establishment
> of a French archaeological mission in Kabul in 1922, followed by missions
> from other European countries.
> The wealth of excavated material over the years was housed in the Kabul
> the principal treasure house of Afghanistan's history and culture. The
> objects from Ai Khanum were displayed in a large hall on the first floor
of the
> Kabul Museum, the gold from Tillya Tepe stored in six safes in the
> The Kabul Museum, since the Taliban came into power, is no more than a
> its precious objects destroyed, vandalised or sold into markets in
> Nothing is known about the fate of the finds from Ai Khanum or Tillya

Sad to hear. I would hope much of it wound up in private collections or
foreign museums -- where it has a better chance of being preserved than in a
war zone.


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