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South east of Kabul lies Logar, the latest province to backslide into the clutches of insurgency and Taliban rule. Upon the region's barren landscape sits a cluster of rocky foothills known collectively as Mes Aynak. To the Afghan and Chinese
Right down to the power cuts that frequently plunge its artifacts into shadow, the National Museum of Afghanistan is a symbol of the country's decades of hardships. Its building was shelled, looted and caught fire during the 1990s civil war.
Afghan art looted and feared lost forever returns home Curator Fahim Rahimi hopes the return of the stolen artefacts will serve as a much-needed reminder of Afghanistan's rich culture On Sunday, British officials will complete the handover of
Prized Afghan antiquity is rescued by British art dealer Gandharan Buddha will be on show at the British Museum until mid-July The 2nd-century Gandharan Buddha thought to have been looted from the Kabul national museum. Photograph: British Museum An
Originally part of a set of Indian furniture owned by the Kushan rulers from the 1st century A.D., the ivories were first discovered by a French archaeologist in 1937. Found in a concealed room in the ruins of Begram's ancient palace, it's believed
How the country's heritage was saved BBC News Exhibition curator St John Simpson gives a tour of some of the most fascinating items on show A miraculous tale of human ingenuity and bravery lies behind an exhibition of treasures from Afghanistan that
More than 200 objects, many of which were hidden away for 25 years, are being loaned from the National Museum of Afghanistan. The 'collapsible' crown was discovered by Soviet archaeologists in 1978 in an elite nomadic cemetery and has never been
In search of Gandharan art A new exhibition is drawing international attention to the syncretism of Hellenism and Buddhism in Pakistan's Gandharan art, writes David Tresilian Readers of British author Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim , set sometime
About 2,000 ancient objects looted from the National Museum of Afghanistan have been shown to the public for the first time since they were returned. The artifacts, confiscated by the British government, were returned to Afghanistan in February.
Afghanistan On most days, the news from Afghanistan involves something exploding. Which is why Tuesday was such a surprise: instead of bombings, it brought the unveiling of stolen treasures, some as old as the Bronze Age. The National Museum was