After the Destruction of Giant Buddha Statues in Bamiyan (Afghanistan) in 2001

A UNESCO's Emergency Activity for the Recovering and Rehabilitation of Cliff and Niches

  • Claudio Margottini

Part of the Natural Science in Archaeology book series (ARCHAEOLOGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Claudio Margottini
    Pages 1-3
  3. Guido Martini, Salvatore Paolini
    Pages 15-60
  4. Christian Manhart, Roland Lin
    Pages 61-67
  5. Giuseppe Delmonaco, Claudio Margottini
    Pages 69-100
  6. Claudio Margottini
    Pages 153-171
  7. Claudio Margottini
    Pages 173-179
  8. Andrea Bruno, Claudio Margottini
    Pages 181-193
  9. Vittorio Colombini, Carlo Crippa, Claudio Margottini, Gedeone Tonoli
    Pages 213-247
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 285-293

About this book


This work reports on a real adventure in earth science and conservation, dealing with the UNESCO’s emergency activities implemented in Bamiyan (Central Afghanistan) for the recovery and rehabilitation of the cliff and niches after the destruction of the two famous Giant Statues in 2001.
Since 2002 an international effort has been made to understand the geological characteristics of the area, the mechanical properties of local materials, petro-geophysical and sedimentological details as well as the historical and geological evolution of the Statues and cliff. Taken together, this information serves as a basis for the recovery and rehabilitation of the cliff and niches and is presented in detail.


Afghanistan Buddhas Bamiyan Buddha Destruction Cultural Heritage Earth Science Engineering Geology History UNESCO Bamiyan

Editors and affiliations

  • Claudio Margottini
    • 1
  1. 1.Geological Survey of ItalyISPRA - Italian Institute for EnvironmenRomeItaly

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