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Mis-e-Aynak’s Movable And Immoveable Works Govt.’s Achievements

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Excavation of Mis-e-Aynak Coppermine archeological site has been started since 2009 through the World Bank’s financial assistance and development project of the ministry of information and culture.
Director of archeology department Noor Agha Noori told The Kabul Times, some foreign entities such as DAFA and UNESCO had cooperated on excavation of the Mis-e-Aynak Coppermine. In 2010 and 2011, a number of foreigners had been recruited through the ministry of mines with World Bank’s financial assistance, he further said.
Work on Mis-e-Aynak Coppermine had been going on until March 2017, but recently, the archeology department of the ministry of information and culture signed an agreement with WB and has taken the project from the ministry of mines, he added.
“We have already hired a number of foreign archeologists from Tajikistan, European countries and Australia, and they work in the area,” he continued.
There are many important issues, such as excavation, protection and specifying of the historical sites, he went on to say.
Another significant issue is transferring of the artifacts, he said.
“We have considered to build a museum in Mohammad Agha to protect the historic artifacts, where its work to be started in new Fiscal Year,” he added. “As you know, the artifacts found in Mis-e-Aynak Coppermine, has been from second and seventh century AD,” he said. 2300 artifacts of the mine had been transferred to Kabul National Museum, he said. Mie-e-Aynak, is a site 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, located in a barren region of Logar Province. Mis-e-Aynak contains Afghanistan’s largest copper deposit, as well as the remains of an ancient settlement with over 400 Buddha statues, stupas and a 40 (100 acres) monastery complex.. Archaeologists are only beginning to find remnants of an older 5,000-year-old Hindu or Vedic Bronze Age site beneath the Buddhist level, including an ancient copper smelter.
The site of Mis-e-Aynak possesses a vast complex of Buddhist monasteries, homes, and market areas. The site contains artifacts recovered from the Bronze Age, and some of the artifacts recovered have dated back over three thousand years. The site’s orientation on the Silk Road has yielded a mixture of elements from China and India. The wealth of Mis-e-Aynak’s residents has been well represented in the site’s far-reaching size and well-guarded perimeter.
Karima Malikzada

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