By Claudio Margottini
This paintings stories on a true experience in earth technology and conservation, facing the UNESCO’s emergency actions carried out in Bamiyan (Central Afghanistan) for the restoration and rehabilitation of the cliff and niches after the destruction of the 2 well-known mammoth Statues in 2001.
Since 2002 a world attempt has been made to appreciate the geological features of the world, the mechanical homes of neighborhood fabrics, petro-geophysical and sedimentological information in addition to the historic and geological evolution of the Statues and cliff. Taken jointly, this data serves as a foundation for the restoration and rehabilitation of the cliff and niches and is gifted in detail.
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Extra resources for After the Destruction of Giant Buddha Statues in Bamiyan (Afghanistan) in 2001: A UNESCO's Emergency Activity for the Recovering and Rehabilitation of Cliff and Niches
Most are found above the superior idol, but in another cliff rising backward, so that in walking from them to the front or south, we reach the edge of the perpendicular wall of rock in which that sculpture is carved. They are gained by a slight ascent to the left or west of the idol (Fig. 3). In these caves we saw written in charcoal the names of W. Moorcroft, W. Trebeck, and G. Guthrie! (Masson 1836) In the same period another British traveler, Edward Hamilton Stirling, without specific military training or great experience as an explorer, was the first European to cross the Hindu Kush mountains, passing through Turkistan.
38 G. Martini and S. Paolini Fig. , Notes on Some Monuments in Afghanistan, in Memoirs of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, II, 1910 Fig. htm) After World War II, following an agreement between the Afghan and Italian governments, archaeological excavations were conducted by the ISMEO (Italian Institute for the Middle and the Far East); in the same period the Afghan government made archaeological agreements with India and the United States. In the 1960s the Indian government executed some works on the cliff of the Bamiyan Valley, just over the niches of the Buddhas, for water drainage and erosion risk reduction.
The two upper corners without the circle are filled with figure of angels or cherubs, waving scarves at each other. They might well date from the last century. On either side is a border with male and female busts or half-figures in circles, and all adorned with halos. Outside the central design on the left-hand side is a very curious figure of a human-headed bird. On the east side of the Saidabad glen is an idol, which does not appear to have been noticed by former travellers. It is somewhere up the cliff, which is pierced with numerous caves.
After the Destruction of Giant Buddha Statues in Bamiyan (Afghanistan) in 2001: A UNESCO's Emergency Activity for the Recovering and Rehabilitation of Cliff and Niches by Claudio Margottini