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In 2019, UNESCO and Archaïos worked together again to map another mining region of Afghanistan by photo-interpretation. This time for the western archaeological deposit of Mes Aynak, the most important Buddhist site in the country, also soon to be exploited for the copper resources found at the site. 33 potential sites and nearly 660 suspicious structures were highlighted in our report and transmitted to the relevant authorities.
UNESCO and Archaïos are thus providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Information and Culture and the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum to ensure that Afghanistan exploits its resources while protecting its historical heritage.
Dr. Jessica Giraud (Archaïos)
Dr. Mathilde Mura (Archaïos)