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Fourth Expert Working Group on the preservation of the Bamiyan World Heritage site

Wednesday, 7 December 2005
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Bamiyan remains one of the most important examples of Gandharan art in the world, despite the Taleban’s destruction of its two monumental Buddhas in 2001. The Expert Working Group was formed in 2002 within the framework of the coordination mandate for all cultural projects in the country entrusted to UNESCO by the Afghan government, and will meet for the fourth time from 7 to 10 December 2005 in Kabul.

This Expert Group coordinates activities carried out under the UNESCO project “Safeguarding of the Bamiyan site,” which aimed to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of the Bamiyan valley.

Following the previous Bamiyan Working Groups and the works carried out in 2005, a group of Afghan and international experts working on the safeguarding of Bamiyan, Afghanistan will examine the progress of works for the consolidation of cliffs and niches, the preservation of mural paintings, the conservation of the remains of the statues of the Buddha, the preparation of the Master Plan as well as of the archaeological survey and the creation of a 3D model map.