Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan

Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan

The Italian Archaeological Mission to Afghanistan, founded by Giuseppe Tucci,has been operating in the country since 1957. The mission was suspended following the political events at the end of the 1970s and resumedfieldwork in 2002 in Ghazni, its traditional area of activity. Here, the mission has investigated both pre-Islamic and Islamic sites, shedding light on previously unknown aspects of Afghanistan’scultural history and itscentral role in creating and spreading artistic models throughout Asia. However, for reasons of security and in a concerted effort with the Foreign Ministry and the Italian Embassy in Kabul, the mission hasrecently adopted flexible teleworkingstrategies. Thanks to specific agreements with the Archaeology Institute of Afghanistan, the mission is contributing to the excavation of Buddhist sites in the Kabul area. Effortis investednot only in the discovery and physical conservation of artefacts, but also in the preservation and interpretation of their intangible value, through documentation, study, and dissemination. For the purpose of long-term preservation and sharing of the mission’s discoveries,a digital repository has been created (http://ghazni.bradypus.net/)

Director: Anna Filigenzi
Nation: Afghanistan
Period: 2002 – in course
The Buddhist site of Tapa Sardar (1968) - row of stupas (with Stupa 7 in the fore) and thrones in the Upper Terrace. 7th-8th cent. CE
The Buddhist site of Tapa Sardar (1968) – row of stupas (with Stupa 7 in the foreground) and thethrones in the Upper Terrace;7th-8thcentury CE.
Stupa 7, preliminary reconstruction (Carlotta Passaro 2014)
Stupa 7, preliminary reconstruction (Carlotta Passaro 2014).
Ghazni (1966) - Brickworks from the excavation of the Ghaznavid palace assembled in the western area of the courtyard
Ghazni (1966) – shaped bricks from the excavation of the Ghaznavid palace assembled in the western area of the courtyard.
Hypothetical 3D reconstruction of the marble and terracotta decoration of antechambers of the Ghaznavid palace (Carlotta Passaro 2014)
Hypothetical 3D reconstruction of the marble and terracotta decoration of antechambers of the Ghaznavid palace (Carlotta Passaro 2014).
Donor couple from the Buddhist site of Tepe Narenj (second half of the 1st millennium CE)
Donor couple from the Buddhist site of Tepe Narenj (second half of the 1stmillennium CE).
Consolidation work on the remains of a colossal clay sculpture at Tepe Narenj
Consolidation work on the remains of a colossal clay sculpture at Tepe Narenj.
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