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 strategy with contributions from archaeologists, linguists, an architect and attorneys to the numerous demanding situations This complete quantity on Afghanistan's cultural history with contributions from archaeologists, linguist and legal professionals, facing the numerous concerns fascinated about its defense, presents an insiders' reassessment of the placement and well-considered classes for the long run.

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During this process it was revealed to the world that the Bactrian Gold and many other masterpieces, previously thought to have been lost, had been courageously saved by the Museum’s staff from the ravages of the civil war and the Taliban. In 1989, the museum staff and the 9 In March 2003, SPACH provided the Museum with electricity thanks to a grant of US $30,000 from Hellenic Aid and the technical assistance of the CIMICDutch ISAF, and in November 2003, SPACH allocated US $40,000 from the UNESCO/Italy Trust Fund to reconstruct the Museum’s roof.

Throughout this period the Newsletter and the Library Series aimed at raising awareness amongst particular social groups, such as educated Afghans and foreigners, who might be able to lend their support to cultural heritage imperatives in Afghanistan. SPACH’s media publications are now focused on the World Wide Web, which has proved to be a more far-reaching means of awareness-raising, but it still also publishes information in hardcopy format. The SPACH website contains articles and contributions from academics and individuals within Afghanistan and from around the world, and up to date news on current issues and events concerning cultural heritage in Afghanistan.

Nonetheless, SPACH and other organizations, expatriate and local individuals, have worked with no small measure of success to improve the situation over the years. What follows is an attempt to provide some details of the work of SPACH during the period and to outline the cultural and political context in which those activities have taken place. SPACH and the National Museum of Afghanistan (the Kabul Museum) One event in particular that brought the founders of SPACH together in order to create a focal point for concerns about the plight of cultural heritage in Afghanistan was the looting of the National Museum in 1993.

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