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UNESCO has received information that five storage rooms constructed under UNESCO/Japan FIT project around the Bamiyan site were all looted on 15 August. Two rooms belong to the Japanese team (whose interlocutor is Prof. Yoko Taniguchi associate professor at the University of Tsukuba), other two to the German team, and the last one to the Afghan team. The looters stole cameras, computers, measuring machines, etc., and historically important materials such as sherds, fragments of murals and Islamic porcelain were left in place. In addition to theirs, the Japanese team also has inventories of the artefacts and objects excavated by the German team, and copies of these inventories are available at the UNESCO Office in Kabul (the first inventories of the Japanese collection date to 2006-2007). The status of the objects and equipment which were secured in the storage of the Afghan team seems unknown. It seems also that the fragments from the eastern Buddha body remain intact.
According to Dr Philippe Marquis, from the French Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan (DAFA), mainly equipment and small materials would have been stolen from these storages. Currently, the five storage rooms are secured by Taliban.
Experts who have been consulted concur that the looters were not Taliban, and suspect that were some individuals who are informed about the excavation activities and of the possibility that archaeological remains were in these storages. Experts also advise that it would be preferable to keep quiet about the remainders to avoid attracting unnecessary attention from media.
Information has been received that the storage room in front of the Buddha and some private houses used to store part of the objects, which contained Professor Tarzi’s excavated objects, were looted after 15 August. Among the items looted were some objects with monetary and scientific value (such as coins, books, statues). In order to better understand the scale of the looting, Dr Philippe Marquis who is currently liaising with Professor Tarzi and a German expert is trying to obtain copies of the inventory and share them with UNESCO. The Tarzi collection that could have been looted mainly included ceramic objects and statues.
According also to Philippe Marquis, not all Tarzi collections were in the storage at the time of the looting. Some important objects could have already been relocated to the Bamiyan governor’s palace prior to the Taliban’s arrival.
At this stage there is no reliable information or evidence on what/when has been stolen from this collection, but it is worth mentioning that objects which started appearing on the online market cannot be from recent thieveries. But there are already unknown people who have contacted the Bamiyan local office demanding a price for returning objects and in case of no payment, they said they would transfer them to Pakistan. This means that these objects risk appear in the Peshawar markets which functioned as pivots in the past.
International teams who have been working in the thee sites have installed locked doors in some of the small niches in different parts of the Bamiyan Valley to protect objects in-situ (mainly murals). As of today, situation remain unknown as whether they have been stolen or not
According to DAFA, the former government decided to move the most valuable cultural objects to the Central Bank vault in the Presidential Palace. The items preserved in this building could include the 22,000 pieces of Bactrian gold, a collection of ancient manuscripts dating from the 14th Century, and probably a selection of archaeological objects originating from Bamiyan Valley.
Although the National Museum of Kabul seems preserved and protected by the Taliban, the situation doesn’t seem to be the same for the remaining museums spread out in the country. Thus, the lack of supervision and control in other museums, and their storage, as well as the lack of surveillance of the more than 5,000 archaeological sites of the country, will inevitably lead to a significant increase of illicit trafficking of Afghan cultural objects;
III. Recommendations to ADG/CLT:
 Source: UNESCO Kabul and Prof Yoko Taniguchi
 Source: ICOMOS
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