Archaeology - Hidden Stupa, Buddhist Monastery in Samangan (Afghanistan)

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In October 2008 I visited Samangans Takht-i Rostam, in northern Afghanistan, on my way from Mazar-i Sharif to Kabul with Qais, a Pansheri driver kindly provided by People in Need (a Czech NGO that has been already for a long time in Afghanistan, providing exellent help to people - many thanks to them!). This area includes a great stupa, hidden in the mountain - only the top slightly popping up - and a vast net of monastic cells in a nearby, lower hill. The Buddhist archeological area is relatively well preserved, also due to the fact that locals thought the meditation cells in a row to be an ancient bazar - which made them utterly uninteresting and spared them from any possible outburst of religious zeal... This presentation was prepared for the capacity building workshop for museum professionals organized by UNESCO at Kabul National Museum of Afghanistan in May 2010.

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  • 1. Safeguarding Cultural Heritage:Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Strategies for Sustainable Museum Management
    UNESCO Training
    May 8-13, 2010
    Kabul, Afghanistan

2. Samangan Takht-i RostamAlessandro Califano
UNESCO Training Session IV
May 9, 2010
Kabul, Afghanistan
3. Samangan
4. Samangan
5. Takht-i Rostam The Setting
6. Takht-i Rostam The Hidden Stupa 1/3
7. Takht-i Rostam The Hidden Stupa 2/3
8. Takht-i Rostam The Hidden Stupa 3/3
9. Samangan's Monastery General View
10. Samangan's Monastery Lower Access
11. Samangan's Monastery Lower Access, Detail
12. Samangan's Monastery Large Hall
13. Samangan's Monastery Large Hall, Roof
14. Samangan's Monastery Monks' Cells
15. Samangan's Monastery Second Corridor
16. Samangan's Monastery Bassin
17. Samangan Credits
All pictures Alessandro Califano, 2008
Many thanks to People in Need for the assistance provided to me on that occasion.
Alessandro Califano, 2010