Afghanistan Bactrian treasure emerges unscathed

by Nathan Hamm on 9/2/2003

Afghanistan
Bactrian treasure emerges
unscathed in Kabul. Fortunately, the Taliban was never able to get into
the bank vault to loot and/or destroy these treasures.
This makes me extremely happy. While the Registan of Samarkand is
remarkable and the Kaylon minaret and mosque are amazing, perhaps the
most amazing piece of history I saw was what looked like a mound of
dirt behind a holy site in the small town of Nurata (just about dead
center of Uzbekistan). This “hill” is what remains of a fortress built
near this oasis by Alexander the Great’s army. There are remains of
other structures around the area as well. It’s truly humbling to see
something so old and it really puts in perspective how fleeting nations
are.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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