08 November 2002
Vol 298, Issue 5596

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COVER Employees of Afghanistan's National Museum hid this 6th-to-7th-century A.D. Buddha, excavated in 1937 by French archaeologist Jean Carl in Fondukistan, to prevent its destruction by the Taliban last year. The fate of the country's artifacts, museums, and archaeological sites is covered in this week's special section. 1195 [Photo: Chapuis Patrick/Gamma]