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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Copper Mine Threatens Ancient Afghan Monastery

mes aynak afghanistan buddha statues photo
Statues at the Mes Aynak site. 
Photo: Nikki Diana Marquardt. Used with permission.
A decade ago, the Taliban's destruction of two 1,500-year-old Buddha statues in the Bamiyan Valley drew worldwide attention to Afghanistan's rich archaeological heritage. Now, 10 years later, another ancient Buddhist site is at risk of being lost -- not to war, but to the process of rebuilding the country.
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