Thirty-five boxes of precious artifacts dating back to the Greco-Bactrian era unearthed
Mazar-e-Sharif, January 12, 2005 - A French archaeological company has discovered 35 boxes of precious historical artifacts from a temple in Zargar Tepa in Balkh province, believed to be from the Greco-Bactrian era.
The archeologists have been examining the artifacts discovered over the past few weeks, but the objects have not been completely identified yet. Last week a mummified corpse was discovered, during an excavation by the people living in Zare district of Balkh province but it is now kept by the Ministry of Information and Culture.
Zargar Tepa is one of the most important ancient cultural sites in Afghanistan; where Buddhism was introduced to Afghanistan and the home of the Kushan Dynasty.
Abdullah Roin, director of information and culture department of Balkh said: "The site was subject to irresponsible excavations in the past, and we asked the French delegation to excavate the site professionally in order to uncover the buried objects and people living here centuries back."
According to Abdullah Roin, the artifacts demonstrated some signs of Buddhism, Kushan and Greek era of Afghanistan's history and the artifacts may date back to 2500 years.
Regarding the mummified body, Abdullah Roin was stunned about how it was so well preserved, and said: "The mummy was fresh that it even had its hair on its head."
Roin added that they plan to establish a museum in Balkh province to preserve the artifacts discovered in the province.