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Global Support Grows for Afghan Restoration

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Science  18 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5554, pp. 419
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5554.419a

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As Afghanistan settles into a precarious peace after the ousting of the Taliban regime, scholars are taking stock of the most recent destruction of Afghanistan's rich cultural heritage. Initial reports are grim: Ancient murals were trucked away from the niches around the dynamited Buddhas of Bamiyan, every human statue in the national museum in Kabul was destroyed, and the museum itself may be beyond repair, say UNESCO officials. But there is growing international support for restoring and possibly even rebuilding important cultural artifacts.