Beauty, Culture and History hidden in Afghanistan

Published on EDsiteMent, May 25, 2008.

On May 25, “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul” opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the first stop in a two year tour of the United States. The nearly 230 artifacts in this exhibit were thought to be lost forever, casualties of the years of warfare, looting and destruction that followed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the rise of the Taliban in 1996. Instead most of them had been secretly hidden in crates in the Central Bank within the presidential palace in Kabul …

… The exhibit, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is organized by the National Geographic Society and the National Gallery of Art. After its Washington DC run, it will travel to museums in San Francisco, Houston and New York.

The National Gallery web feature includes a “timeline of treasures”, a downloadable exhibition brochure, an educational guide for ages 8-12, and an audio of the remarks by the curator Frank Heibert at the press preview. The National Geographic Society web features include an interactive map of Afghanistan with video segments on each of the four archeological sites.

EDSITEment has a number of related lesson plans on the ancient Greeks and on the cultures of the Silk Road with interactive maps for all ages that can be used in conjunction with a trip to the exhibit, a screening of the National Geographic video, or with two websites … (full text and more links).

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