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Red List of Afghanistan Antiquities at Risk

The great archaeological heritage of Afghanistan is of universal importance. It is now at serious risk from organized destruction and plundering at the hands of criminals. The National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul has been looted and is missing a great part of its collection, much of which has found its way into the art market. Ancient sites and monuments, ranging from the Old Stone Age to the 20th century are being attacked and systematically looted.

Objects of all types and materials, from prehistoric times to the Indo-Greek, Buddhist and Islamic periods are being lost. Sculpture, architectural elements, ancient manuscripts, bronzes, wooden objects and ceramics are being illegally exported at an unrelenting rate. It is the duty of the international community to unite in protecting this unique cultural heritage.

 

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Acknowledgements

The Red List of Afghanistan Antiquities at Risk was drawn up by the following experts during two meetings held in Paris, France on 5-6 July and 11-12 October 2005. ICOM would like to thank them for participating in this project and for their contribution.

Afghanistan
Mr. Omara Khan Masoudi
Director, National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul

Professor Zemaryalai Tarzi
Professor, University of Strasbourg

Austria
Ms.Deborah Klimburg-Salter
Professor, Institut f�r Kunstgeschichte der Universit�t Wien

France
M. Pierre Cambon
Conservateur en chef, Mus�e Guimet, Paris

Dr. Osmund Bopearachchi
Professor, Ecole Normale Sup�rieure, Paris

United Kingdom
Mr. Robert Knox
Keeper, Department of Asia, The British Museum

United States of America
Mr. Gregory Possehl
Curator, Asia Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum

UNESCO
M. Fran�ois Langlois,
Cultural Heritage Division, UNESCO

ICOM
Mr. John Zvereff,
Secretary General, ICOM

Ms. Jennifer Th�venot
Programmes Activities Officer, ICOM

Mlle Anne-Sophie Autran
Programme Activities Assistant, ICOM