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Dupree honoured for cataloguing Afghan heritage sites

Dupree honoured for cataloguing Afghan heritage sites

Feb 22, 2016 - 11:43

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A strong sense of public ownership of archeological sites is essential to ensure the success of preservation, an official of the National Museum of Afghanistaninfo-icon says.

“People should be made to understand that statues don’t endanger Islam,” said Noor Agha Noori told participants of an event on preserving national heritage in Pakistaninfo-icon’s Lahore city.

Over 120,000 stolen artifacts have been returned to the museum since the start of excavation efforts. He alleged 2,500 statues from the museum’s collection had been destroyed during the Talibaninfo-icon regime.

Nancy Dupree, director of the Afghan Centre at Kabulinfo-icon University, said Mullahinfo-icon Mohammad Omar had not approved the Taliban cabinet decision to blow up the Bamyan Buddha statue.

Following the Taliban’s ouster from power in 2001, the national museum launched efforts to catalogue artifacts with help from international organisations, said Abdul Hafiz Latify, another archaeologist.

Noted writer Ahmed Rashid, who moderatedthe event, presented Dupree a lifetime achievement in recognition of her contribution to cataloguing heritage sites in Afghanistan.


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