By: Karima Malikzada
In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter, talking on this occasion, director of Archeology department, MoIC Noor Agha Noori said, this department has undertaken certain programs on the occasion of independence 100th anniversary. “We have covered eight provinces with continued excavations including Nangarhar in which we managed after 50 years to start of excavations in the area of Ghandai Sabzha, as a result a military area was discovered due to excavations with a historical background of 16 centuries. He added the officials of department have surveyed and excavated the ancient site in the vicinity of Sultan Masoud and Bahram Shah minarets in Ghazni which are architectural memorials of Ghaznavids era and as a result construction remnants, oven dried bricks pavements, marble stone signs with plant decorations, earthenware pieces from Ghaznavids, Ghorids and Temorids era etc were discovered.” The results of these excavations are one of the unique achievements of Islamic archeology in Afghanistan since independence, he added.
He went on to say, on this occasion, for the first time in 50 years, excavation started in Topdara Stupa which is a remnant from Budhic era and beside Stupa a worship room was discovered.
In Kapisa province, excavations were executed in Khamzargar area in a Budhism site as a result temples, stupas, stone pillars, coins and earthenwares were discovered that are belong to 2nd-5th centuries. As a result of excavations in Orange Palace area, Kandahar, a lot of relics were discovered that belong to 17th-19th centuries.
Talking on their future plans, he said, our next plan would focus on excavations in Balahisar, Kabul. The sites in this area contain relics with a background of 5th to 6th centuries B.C.
Beside survey and excavations in the capital and provinces, on Asad 14.1398 a seminar titled “New excavations in recent 100 years in Afghanistan” was held by our department in Logar province in which articles were readout by scholars from Kabul university, Logar university, Academy of Sciences, MoIC and some independent researchers. As a result it has been cleared that over 4000 ancient sites across Afghanistan have been discovered by archeology department with a background from the stone Age to temporary era.
Talking on the database of ancient sites, he said, database of all ancient sites have been prepared due to efforts of Afghan and foreign experts that would enable us to protect these sites property.
“Work is going on, on creation of archeology parks. These parks would cause better protection of ancient sites and help to attract more tourists and employment opportunities will be available to locals. The first and second parks were established in Ghazni and Bamyan and would be implemented in 2-3 years”.