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By Juliette Van Krieken-Pieters

This quantity adopts a multidisciplinary method with contributions from archaeologists, linguists, an architect and attorneys to the numerous demanding situations This accomplished quantity on Afghanistan's cultural history with contributions from archaeologists, linguist and legal professionals, facing the various concerns serious about its safeguard, offers an insiders' reassessment of the placement and well-considered classes for the longer term.

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These hostilities impact negatively on the social and economic stability of communities and the ability of government and non-governmental organizations to deliver development projects to those regions. Thus, many sensitive archaeological sites remain virtually beyond the scope of monitoring and protection. It also goes without saying that any newly conceived research projects and excavation activities in such areas become virtually impossible and unsustainable over time—security and access to a site cannot be guaranteed from one year to the next—thus giving looters a free reign to destroy significant archaeology.

The Afghanistan Museum in Bubendorf, Switzerland, (‘Afghanistan Museum in Exile’), serves as his major example. The recently enacted Swiss Federal Act of 2003 on the International Transfer of Cultural Property, and its Regulations of 2005, contains so many provisions focusing on the ‘safe haven’ concept that it should be followed by other countries. It seems to be coincidental, but is it? 5 See ‘Official Linked to blowing up buddhas is elected’, Associated Press in Kabul, Wednesday October 19, 2005, The Guardian, available at

Principally through the efforts of Carla Grissmann (SPACH), an attempt was made in 1996 to conduct another preliminary inventorization of the remaining objects of the National Museum and to facilitate a plan to have them removed to more secure premises. Due to the obvious lack of security at Darulaman, the Ministry of Information and Culture of President Rabbani’s Government was also anxious to safeguard what remained of the collection. Thus, the objects were packed up and the Kabul Hotel in the centre of the city was chosen as a temporary site to house them along with 71 National Museum staff members.

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