By Juliette Van Krieken-Pieters
This quantity adopts a multidisciplinary process with contributions from archaeologists, linguists, an architect and legal professionals to the various demanding situations This accomplished quantity on Afghanistan's cultural history with contributions from archaeologists, linguist and attorneys, facing the various concerns interested by its security, presents an insiders' reassessment of the location and well-considered classes for the longer term.
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Extra resources for Art and Archaeology of Afghanistan: Its Fall and Survival: a Multi-disciplinary Approach
An important SPACH activity in the mid-1990s was seeking ﬁnancial and political support for this objective through the dissemination of regular updates to the press and relevant international groups concerning the state of the National Museum in Kabul. These activities’ funds were allocated for preliminary construction works. Remedial works organized by Jolyon Leslie and funded by UN-Habitat were ﬁrst undertaken on the building during 1994 to weatherproof the ruins and to provide a degree of security for the surviving stores.
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. From April to September 1996, just two weeks before the arrival of the Taliban in Kabul, over 500 crates, trunks and boxes, containing 3,311 objects were shifted from the Museum to the Kabul Hotel. The project was ultimately successful but was hampered all the way by continued hostilities. Participants in the exercise reported carefully packing objects while the National Museum building shook with incoming and outgoing rocket ﬁre.
9 Major work on the roof was ﬁnished in late 2003, before the onset of the heavy winter snows. SPACH worked on the allocation of a further grant provided by the National Geographic Society to cover the remaining works on the second ﬂoor and this was completed in 2004. The building is now secure, structurally sound and weatherproof. In September 2004 the Museum was ﬁnally reopened to the public by the President, Hamid Karzai. But considering that a National Museum is a symbol of civic pride, much more funding will have to be secured to increase standards at the present building.
Art and Archaeology of Afghanistan: Its Fall and Survival: a Multi-disciplinary Approach by Juliette Van Krieken-Pieters