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Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan

Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan

Fondata da Giuseppe Tucci, la Missione Archeologica Italiana in Afghanistan opera nel Paese dal 1957. Dopo l’interruzione  causata dagli eventi politici alla fine degli anni Settanta del Novecento, essa ha ripreso nel 2002 le attività sul campo nell’area di Ghazni, zona di sua competenza, in cui la Missione ha indagato siti pre-islamici e islamici, ponendo in luce aspetti inediti della storia culturale dell’Afghanistan e la sua centralità nella creazione e diffusione pan-asiatica di modelli artistici. Per ragioni di sicurezza e d’intesa con il MAE e con l’Ambasciata d’Italia a Kabul, negli ultimi anni la Missione ha adottato strategie di lavoro a distanza. Grazie a specifici accordi con l’Archaeology Institute of Afghanistan, la Missione collabora agli scavi di siti buddhisti nella zona di Kabul. Impegnata nella conservazione non solo fisica dei beni archeologici e artistici, ma anche del loro valore di testimonianza storica,  la Missione ne cura il restauro, la corretta documentazione e lo studio e ne promuove e condivide la conoscenza, anche attraverso risorse digitali condivisibili.(http://ghazni.bradypus.net).

Direttore: Anna Filigenzi (ISMEO)
Nazione: Afghanistan
Periodo:
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 fore) and thrones in the Upper Terrace. 7th-8th cent. 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) – Brickworks 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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Founded by Giuseppe Tucci, the Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan has been operating in the country since 1957. The Mission was suspended following the political events at the end of the ‘70s and resumed its fieldwork in 2002 in Ghazni, its traditional area of competence. Here, the Mission has investigated both pre-Islamic and Islamic sites, shedding light on previously unknown aspects of the cultural history of Afghanistan and their central role in creating and spreading pan-Asian artistic models. However, for reasons of security and in a concerted effort with the Foreign Ministry and the Italian Embassy in Kabul, the Mission recently adopted flexible telework strategies. Thanks to specific agreements with the Archaeology Institute of Afghanistan, the Mission is contributing to the excavation of Buddhist sites in the area of Kabul. Efforts are placed not only in the recovery and physical preservation of artifacts, 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 knowledge assets a digital repository has been created (http://ghazni.bradypus.net/)

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