My second full day in Kabul featured two highlights: a visit to the Kabul Archaeological Museum and a lecture at Kabul University. We were guided through the museum by the director, Omara Khan Masoudi, whom I had met in Philadelphia in 2006 at the Archaeology in Afghanistan conference. The museum has been completely restored, and there were new cases supplied by Japan and the Netherlands as well as a functioning conservation laboratory. Among the new exhibits was one on Mes Aynak, the early Buddhist site near Kabul that occupies the same area as a Chinese copper mining operation. The objects uncovered in the recent excavations are extraordinary, including some unusual painted and gilded Buddha heads. The royal palace across the street... Read More
C. Brian Rose, former President of the Archaeological Institute of America, shares his observations about Afghanistan during his current trip:
As many of you will remember, two years ago I had the good fortune of visiting Iraq at the invitation of the US Embassy in Baghdad, and I described my impressions of the country, and especially the condition of the archaeological sites, in a President's Letter in ARCHAEOLOGY magazine. When I was invited to visit Afghanistan this year, AIA President Elizabeth Bartman invited me to share my experiences with you in a daily blog, of which this is the first installment. I will be in Afghanistan for a week, with five days in Kabul and three in Ghazni, nearly 150 km to the southwest of Kabul.
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Dear Friends of AIA,
What is the Norton Legacy Society? Simply put, it is a means of donating to the AIA a portion of your estate upon your death. Joining does not require expensive legal assistance or even a will, but can be as simple as designating the AIA as one of the beneficiaries of your IRA, your 401(k) retirement fund, or your life insurance policy. Or there are other means such as a Charitable Gift Annuity or Lead Trust, which provide significant tax advantages to your heirs—why give your money to Uncle Sam?
Named for the founder and first president of the AIA, the Norton Society includes some of the AIA's most far-sighted supporters. Each year we thank them with an exclusive and... Read More