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


The Buddhist art of the Hindu Kush mountain region, of which the Bamiyan Valley is a part, represents the final flowering of Buddhism in Afghanistan. The kingdom of Bamiyan was a Buddhist state positioned at a strategic location along the trade routes that for centuries linked China and Central Asia with India and the west. Bamiyan served as an important monastic and spiritual center, as well as a hub of intense commercial activity.


Cliff Face Buddhist Statue Spiritual Center Worldwide Leader Ceiling Painting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Margottini
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  1. 1.Department of Geological Survey of ItalyISPRA – Italian Institute for Protection and Environmental ResearchRomeItaly

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