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TitleCelebrating The Forgotten Treasures Of Afghanistan
ContactLiz Harman
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Contact Phone(619) 260-4682

San Francisco (Jan. 10, 2007)—Over the last three decades, war and terrorism have devastated much of Afghanistan’s rich cultural past. Now Zemaryalai Tarzi, Ph.D., former senior archaeologist of Afghanistan and a specialist on Bamiyan, presents findings from the first excavation in an area best known as the site of the destruction by the Taliban of ancient Buddha statues. 

Tarzi speaks Thursday, January 18, 2007, at 7 p.m., at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. The event is free and is co-sponsored by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, the Bamiyan Archaeological Mission, and the Association for the Protection of Afghan Archaeology.  

With the ongoing support of the Afghan and French governments, the National Geographic Society, and the Association for the Protection of Afghan Archaeology (APAA), since 2002 Tarzi has been conducting the first open air excavation ever in the Bamiyan valley. In this large campaign, his discoveries are changing the chronology of the site as it was known, giving a better understanding of life on the ancient Silk Road and bringing a new meaning to the words hope and healing.  

This talk will highlight Tarzi's latest findings and address the devastation Afghanistan's archaeological heritage has been facing for the past 25 years.

For more information about the IPJ, log on to; or call (619) 260-7509.  For more information about the APAA, log on to


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