Of oil painting at bamyan in afghanistan predating european

Of oil painting at bamyan in afghanistan predating european

Seemingly oblivious to the recently spent ammunition rounds dislodged by his footsteps, Besenval — who heads the French archaeological delegation to Afghanistan — paints over the war-scarred landscape with his colorful descriptions of Zoroastrian fire altars, Buddhist monasteries, Christian shrines and Muslim mosques.

An Afghan laborer excavates a fortification wall at Tappeh Zargaran.

For every legitimate excavation site such as this, there are many more ransacked by looting.

"If nomads had this kind of riches, you can only imagine the wealth of trade going through Afghanistan." Imagining may be all that future archaeologists will be able to do.

In the seven-year battle since 2001 to set Afghanistan back on its feet after more than two decades at war, the country's historical sites have been ignored.

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