Amazing Wonders of Afghanistan 1.2

Yet unlike Egypt, the ‘Fertile Cresent’ or the Tigris-Euphrates region, Afghanistan is still regarded by archaeologists as very much terra incognito (‘unknown land’). The Bamiyan Buddhas, for example, though mentioned by Chinese pilgrim in the seventh century BCE, were not sketched by European explorers until the 1830s. The Minaret of Jam remained undocumented until 1957, whilst excavations at Ai Khanum, the famous Hellenistic city on the Amu Darya, only began in 1964. Indeed, one of the things that first attracted me to Afghanistan as an undergraduate was the fact that so little was known about the country and its cultural heritage…


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