Preserving the Past: Recovering the Destroyed Buddha Statues and Niches in Bamiyan Afghanistan

by Claudio Margottini, Scientific and technological attache at the Italian Embassy in Egypt. He is also a full professor of engineering geology and an adjunct professor and UNESCO Chair at the University of Florence., claudio.margottini@gmail.com,



2018


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2018, Vol. 22, Issue 6, Pg. 48-55


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: For millennia, civilizations have built monuments to honor their gods, leaders, or founding principles, and with time those monuments that still exist have become revered treasures. Take, for example, the Buddha status and niches in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. These incredible treasures were tragically destroyed early in this century, but they should interest geos because the huge status and the niches that enclosed them were carved out of in-situ sedimentary rock in the central part of the country about 200 km northwest of Kabul. This is a short story about their location, destruction, and hopefully resurrection.

Subject Headings: Monuments | Developing countries | Field tests | Sediment | Rocks | Afghanistan | Asia

 

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