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The Fate of Mes Aynak

An ancient Buddhist city is caught in a drawn-out battle between commerce and culture in AfghanistanBrent Huffman

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Michal PrzedlackiOne of the major tragedies of the destruction of this ancient Buddhist city is the loss of unearthed relics. Archaeologists who have worked at the site say that there are hundreds of manuscripts in several languages that are only just beginning to be unearthed. A Bronze Age copper smelter found at Mes Aynak suggests that there is a 5,000-year-old site beneath the Buddhist site. This ancient level beneath the Buddhist city remains largely unexplored.

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