Wednesday, 4:00 pm
Archaeology in Afghanistan 12 Years After the Destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan
Did the destruction of the Big Buddha statues in the Bamiyan mark the end of archaeology in Afghanistan? Can war and archaeology co-exist? In this lecture, Dr. Philippe Marquis, director of DAFA (Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan), will first give us an overview on the archaeological activities in Afghanistan since the destruction of the Buddhist statues in Bamiyan by the Taliban in March 2003. He will then focus on the international salvage excavations of the extensive Buddhist monasteries at Mes Aynak, which are about to be cleared away for mining activities at the world's second largest copper mine. Free and open to the public.