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Dossier Heritage Afghanistan

Mes Anyak a mess?

Help save the cultural heritage of Afghanistan

Published on 3 February 2013

Mes Anyak a mess?

Published on 18 October 2012

Published on 13 October 2012

AGA KHAN TRUST FOR CULTURE

Latest Afghanistan Newsletter

Published on 8 October 2012

People & Power - Kabul - A City of Hope and Fear

Working hard in Kabul includes arts & crafts

Published on 18 May 2012

Afghan archeologist pleads for help to save treasures

Director of the Archeological Institute at the Academy of Sciences is on a mission

Published on 5 May 2012

Afghan museum highlights countrys Buddhist heritage

Departure from Taliban-era aesthetics

Published on 22 February 2012

AKTC Afghanistan Newsletter

Documenting the Progress of Cultural Revitalisation Projects in Kabul and Herat

Published on 8 February 2012

Published on 31 January 2012

Published on 9 December 2011

Amidst war, an Afghan renaissance

Arts can help build a nation

Published on 5 December 2011

AGA KHAN TRUST FOR CULTURE Newsletter Oct 2011

The latest on heritage in Afghanistan from AKTC

Published on 15 November 2011

Published on 17 October 2011

Restored ancient citadel in western Afghanistan is symbol of hope in nation beset by war

Qala Iktyaruddin Citadel completed by hundreds of local craftsmen

Published on 19 September 2011

Raubkunst aus Afghanistan zurückgegeben

Relief gestohlen Mitter der 1990er Jahren aus National Museum

Published on 18 September 2011

Six Historic Relics Handed Over To Dr. Raheen

Security department catches looters

Published on 12 June 2011

Mining threat to ancient Afghan monastery at Mes Aynak

Chinese mining venture threatens another Buddhist site

Published on 5 June 2011

War-torn Afghanistan needs world's help to preserve cultural heritage

Six-day ?Cultural heritage tour? to Afghanistan

Published on 2 June 2011

A Heritage in Ruins

Damage increased even as the security situation has improved

Published on 1 June 2011

Published on 27 May 2011

India, Afghanistan ink culture pact

MOU part of a broader pact on the National Institution Building Project

Published on 2 May 2011

AGA KHAN TRUST FOR CULTURE Newsletter

The latest on heritage in Herat, Kabul and ...music

Published on 7 April 2011

Published on 4 April 2011

Published on 18 March 2011

Kunstroof in Afghanistan

Afghanistan, a country without treasures

Published on 16 March 2011

UNESCO account to stop the destruction of the Bamyan Buddha's

UNESCO account to stop the blast of the Bamyan Buddha's

Published on 14 March 2011

Afghanistan's Surviving Treasures

UNESCO advices not to rebuild the Bamyan Buddha's

Published on 4 March 2011

Museum to display Afghan treasures

Travelling exhibition now in British Museum

Published on 28 February 2011

Published on 27 February 2011

Published on 24 January 2011

Aanvullende Nederlandse politiemissie: de Afghaanse Erfgoedpolitie

Dutch support for Afghan Heritage Police?

Published on 12 January 2011

The Bactria Cultural Centre

A UNESCO-sponsored project in Mazar-e Sharif, war-struck northern Afghanistan ? Success or Failure?

Published on 11 January 2011

Published on 14 December 2010

Streets of Afghanistan - a cultural exhibition

Dare to believe in our common humanity

Published on 3 September 2010

Taliban tries to stop the music in Afghanistan-again

Music is not allowed in our religion but something acceptable in our culture

Published on 28 August 2010

Afghan Encounters in Europe or: How My Grandma Saw King Amanullah

Exhibition of artefacts from the National Museum in Kabul that were protected by museum staff from destruction by the Taleban regime

Afghan Encounters in Europe or: How My Grandma Saw King Amanullah

Exhibition of artefacts from the National Museum in Kabul that were protected by museum staff from destruction by the Taleban regime

Published on 27 August 2010

Kabul's kitschy wedding cake architecture

138 Mini-palaces have been constructed with money from trafficking, smuggling or embezzlement

Published on 4 July 2010

Published on 27 June 2010

Puppet Theatre in Afghanistan

Parwaz puppet theatre ensemble

Published on 22 June 2010

Archaeologists seek protection for Afghan treasures

French archaeologists more worried about Afghan treasures than their own security

Published on 1 May 2010

Afghanistan's ancient treasures must be saved

Travelling exhibition in the peace of the village-city of Ottawa

Published on 26 April 2010

Grisly Afghan museum honours anti-Soviet jihad

Dioramas show contested memories

Published on 9 April 2010

Bamiyan: Images of a distant valley

Bamiyan (the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart)

Bamiyan: Images of a distant valley

Bamiyan (the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart)

Published on 13 March 2010

World Heritage sites to attract tourists in Afghanistan?

It is clear that Afghanistan is not ready to receive tourists yet, but heritage sites and national parks have a lot to offer in the future.

World Heritage sites to attract tourists in Afghanistan?

It is clear that Afghanistan is not ready to receive tourists yet, but heritage sites and national parks have a lot to offer in the future.

Old city Herat under threat

As in other countries in turmoil, the city of Herat is about to loose its old centre due to rigorous urban development

UNAMA speaks to Massoudi

Massoudi, the director of the Kabul Museum, gives an account of how Afghanistan's heritage suffered from more than 30 years of civil war

Who's stealing Afghan cultural treasures?

The impact of war continues to leave a cultural scar that runs deep through Afghan civilization.

UNESCO Director on Afghanistan

UNAMA Aditya Mehta spoke to UNESCO Director Shigeru Aoyagi about the agency's concerns and plans for the future

Afghan cultures blend well

Muslims and Sikhs: We eat together when they invite us for dinner/lunch parties or participate in the ceremonies in their houses during festivals

UNAMA Update on Cultural Heritage

In a three-week long series UNAMA publishes daily articles to mark UNAMA's Afghan Update on Cultural Heritage that recognises Afghanistan's rich past and the need to preserve it for future generations.

Afghanistan: heritage and integrity

Nancy Hatch Dupree, one of the foremost authorities on Afghanistan?s cultural heritage. ensures the sustainability of the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.

Published on 7 March 2010

Afghan students graduate in Arts & Crafts

The Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture: First Graduating Class in December 2009

Published on 6 March 2010

Afghan images, a people no one cares for

Between Suffering and Beauty: Documenting Afghanistan?s Refugees

Published on 3 March 2010

Afghan relics sold for food

Conflict and looting are threatening Afghanistan's treasures says BBC reporter Peter Greste (2001)

Published on 25 February 2010

Illegal trade in Afghan antiquities funds terrorism

Spotlight reports that the exploitation of Afghanistan's rich cultural heritage is helping to finance terrorism and the Taliban.

Published on 19 February 2010

Cultural preservation builds ties to war-torn Afghanistan

Germany is contributing to civil aid projects in Afghanistan - with schools, police training and better streets, but also with money for the maintenance of Afghan cultural heritage sites.

Published on 13 February 2010

Blood antiques from Afghanistan

'Blood antiques' sustains the war in Afghanistan. Apparently it is not difficult to smuggle artefacts from Afghanistan, the Taliban will facillitate.

Published on 29 January 2010

Afghanistan: an unlikely place for tourism

War-riden Afghanistan is not ready but it does have potential for the tourist industry

Afghanistan: an unlikely place for tourism

War-riden Afghanistan is not ready but it does have potential for the tourist industry

Published on 12 January 2010

UNESCO plans for 2010

UNESCO has been working closely with the Afghan Government and people since 2003. Today they prresent their plans for 2010 on Education and Culture

Published on 8 October 2009

In praise of the national museum in Kabul

Major step in rebuilding of Kabul's National Museum. Smuggled artefacts were confiscated at Heathrow.

Published on 7 October 2009

Afghan museum treasures recovered

'Collection was one of the most extraordinary in the world'

Published on 28 September 2009

Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA)

The four main areas on the archaeological World Heritage site of Bamyan declared free of mines

Published on 21 September 2009

Peace Day 2009 campaign in Bamyan

Bamyan artists, photographers and women?s associations will organize photo, art and handicraft exhibitions for peace.

Published on 14 June 2009

UN works to protect Afghanistan's world heritage site

UNESCO trains Afghans to demine the archaeological site Bamyan. The demining will take place from May to October.

Published on 14 May 2009

Learning a Hard History Lesson in 'Talibanistan'

To Accommodate New Troops, the U.S. Military Expanded a Base and Inadvertently Disrupted Ancient Afghan Canals

Published on 13 November 2008

Babylon exhibition opens in UK

Babylon, where kings created an early code of law

Published on 28 September 2008

About 30 Historical Relics Stolen from Herat Museum

The missing artifacts included a Buddha statue; two stone-made literary works from the Buddhism eras behind the theft

Published on 19 June 2008

Published on 14 December 2007

Looters sell Afghan history cheap

Foreigner buy, locals dig and the shopkeeper earnes the most

Looters sell Afghan history cheap

Foreigner buy, locals dig and the shopkeeper earnes the most

Published on 15 August 2007

Afghan empire's last symbols under threat

Ancient Tower of Victory on the verge of disappearing

Published on 31 July 2007

Babylonian artifacts in German auction house

4500-year old golden vessel from a Babylonian doll house on sale

Published on 15 July 2007

Afghanistan's cultural heritage plundered

Afghanistan antiquities. Rare historical artefacts being stolen

Afghanistan's cultural heritage plundered

Afghanistan antiquities. Rare historical artefacts being stolen

Published on 20 March 2007

Afghanistan's ancient treasures a worrying modern-day trade

UNESCO called on art dealers and collectors to refrain from acquiring objects that formed part of Afghanistan's cultural heritage

Published on 3 February 2007

Plundering of Afghanistan's archaeological sites and museums continues

5 Years after the Taliban did not change much

Published on 23 January 2007

Afghan Archaeologist Discusses Bamiyan Site

After the destruction of the Bamyan Buddha's the initiative to start the APAA was acry from the heart

Published on 1 December 2006

Walking the mine fields

Agencies such as UNESCO will also be present as partners of goodwill and expertise in the renewal process

Published on 21 February 2005

Restoring Nation's Cultural Heritage

The fate of the Darulama museum

Published on 31 December 2004

Artifacts returned to the Ministry of Information and Culture?

Retrieving objects looted from the Kabul Museum before they disappear

Published on 30 June 2004

Double Standard: Iraq or Afghanistan?

US government paying attention to the heritage of Iraq while ignoring that of Afghanistan.

UNESCO report on its activities in Afghanistan

UNESCO's mandate and recent activities for the rehabilitation of Afghanistan's cultural heritage

Published on 3 January 2004

The Impact of War upon Afghanistan?s cultural heritage

Statement by MR. Abdul Wasey Feroozi, director generla of the National Institute of Archaeology, Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan

Published on 13 December 2003

Plunder goes on across Afghanistan

There was looting under the Taliban, but it was nothing compared to now, looters grew bolder over the years

Published on 19 June 2003

Battle to save Afghanistan's shattered heritage

Two years after the Taliban destroyed much of Afghanistan's cultural heritage, attempts are being made to restore what is left.

Published on 1 October 2002

Restoring Babur's Moghul Gardens

The gardens of Babur, the first Moghul emperor, are today surrounded by urban sprawl.

Afghan Fine Arts and Crafts

Gallery of Fine Arts and Traditional Afghan Crafts newly opened

Kabul Museum: Keeping Afghanistan's culture alive

Of two nearly 2,000-year-old statues that once graced the entrance hall, nothing is left but the feet.

Culture: A historical junction

An account of Afghan history, art, heritage and war - a long history

Buddhas of Bamiyan: A Crime Against Culture

Bhuddist statues cut out in the rocks of Bamiyan blewn to pieces by the Taliban

Under threat: The Magnificent Minaret of Jam

Minaret of Jam put on UNESCO?s World Heritage List.

Published on 1 September 2002

Published on 3 May 2002

'Miracle' of 2nd century bowl saved from Taliban

Lost treasure from Kabul Museum turns up

Published on 30 April 2002

Plundering Afghanistan

A booming antiquities trade strips the country of its cultural heritage

Published on 19 March 2002

Greek Efforts in Afghanistan

Speaking with Greece's Minister of Culture on their effort to aid their mutual cultural heritage

Published on 1 July 2001

Published on 30 June 2001

Cultural Terrorism

Archaology Newsletter 54/3 features the incomprehemsible measures the Taliban took once in control

Published on 2 March 2001

Destructive Frenzy in Afghanistan

Pre-Islamic artifacts were being systematically destroyed by the ocuntry's fundamentalist Taliban regime.