Resuscitating Asia's Damaged Heart

Science  08 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5596, pp. 1196-1200
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5596.1196

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KABUL-- After 2 decades of war, chaos, and fundamentalism, Afghanistan is reopening to archaeologists. Sadly, they cannot simply pick up where they left off in the late 1970s. During a recent visit to important archaeological centers around Afghanistan, Science found the country's once fine network of museums ransacked and dozens, maybe hundreds, of important sites plundered. In addition, looting, land mines, and lagging foreign support are putting the brakes on researchers' plans.