Art and Archaeology of Afghanistan: Its Fall and Survival: a by Juliette Van Krieken-Pieters

By Juliette Van Krieken-Pieters

This quantity adopts a multidisciplinary technique with contributions from archaeologists, linguists, an architect and attorneys to the numerous demanding situations This complete quantity on Afghanistan's cultural historical past with contributions from archaeologists, linguist and attorneys, facing the various matters concerned with its safeguard, offers an insiders' reassessment of the location and well-considered classes for the long run.

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5 The immense problem of looting, theft and the smuggling of the cultural heritage of Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries is put into perspective by Jos van Beurden who discusses this problem on a global level. The focus is on countries which have also faced violent conflicts or which are for other reasons unable to protect their art and other cultural treasures. An overview is given of the magnitude of the problem and the underlying factors, illustrated with an overwhelming number of examples.

A prime example of this is the debacle in the Musalla Complex in Herat that saw the widening of a road to carry heavy traffic through the endangered minarets of the Sultan Husain Baiqara Madrassa and the destruction of the mausoleum of Ali Sheer Nawaii for a new monument completely at odds with the Timurid architecture of the site. It is also often the case that mistakes like this are made simply through a lack of knowledge and information and the absence of coordinated activities. There are so many organizations and interests working in development throughout the country, from the military to local and international NGOs, that it is extremely difficult to know where potentially damaging activities have or are taking place until sometime after the event.

Between 1996 and 2000, Carla Grissmann’s work continued and a total of 6,520 objects were inventoried in Dari and English. , arrow heads, flints, pebbles etc. In 1998, that part of the collections that had been moved to the Kabul Hotel were moved to the Ministry of Information and Culture where it had appeared to have found a secure, albeit temporary home. The Brief Reopening of the National Museum in August 2000 In July 2000, the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture in the Taliban government, Mawlawi Hotaki, made plans to put a small number of objects on display and to organize a public event that would coincide with the presentation of the Rabatak inscription brought back from Pul-i-Khumri, and also to celebrate Jeshyn, Afghan Independence Day, on August the 17th 2000.

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