An old fort surrounded by forty protection towers located in second Yekawalang district, Bamyan province according to its paintings and architecture belongs to Buddhism and Islamic eras.
In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter, acting head of Bamyan provincial department of information and culture Ahmad Hussain Ahmadpoor said, fortunately, historical sites are abundant in Bamyan.
Almost 20 days earlier, a team of MoIC archaeologists and cultural experts visited five historical sites in Saighan district. Another important historical sites of Qala Sarposhak was surveyed in Shebar district recently too.
Ahmadpoor added there is an underground cave that takes 40 minutes that leads to a spring that supplies water. Currently there are 37 semi-destroyed towers in this site and some paintings could be seen on their walls. No archeological researches have taken place there, but it seems to belong to Buddhist and Islamic eras. This area contains a vast compound and one stupa called Chelagan. There are other historical sites in this district too which are closely related to each other.
Historically these architectures are similar to Shahr-e-Zuhak. All these sites require strong care and rebuilding. “Without cooperation of the MoIC, we cannot take any step. We have only one archeologist in Bamyan while for archaeological researches a strong team is direly needed plus sufficient budget,” he added.
Acting head went on saying that Chelborj was in a bad condition and in urgent need of rebuilding.
This area has plenty of visitors.
Talking on illegal excavations, Ahmadpoor said, fortunately in recent years, security forces have been stationed there and take care of ancient sites and prevent illegal excavations.
“One CP has been set up in Chehelborj site and for the moment we have no concern on illegal excavations as so far no legal excavations have taken place.”
Rebuilding of Chehelborj brings good revenue to the government but one of the main problem is lack of good roads and visitors and tourists are facing problems and due to bad unpaved roads even some tourists and visitors avoid going there.