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Archaeological Gazetteer of AfghanistanRevised Edition$
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Warwick Ball

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277582

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199277582.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Warwick Ball

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DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199277582.003.0009

The background to the present work lies in the exciting archaeological climate of Afghanistan in the 1970s. Increasing numbers of foreign archaeological missions were engaged in fieldwork: following on from the pioneering work of the Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan (DAFA) since 1922, British, German, Italian, Japanese, Soviet, and US missions were undertaking active research, as well as the Afghans themselves under the auspices of the Afghan Institute of Archaeology. The latest to establish a permanent presence in Kabul was the British Institute of Afghan Studies, in 1972. To keep abreast of these activities, in 1979 work on compiling a simple card-index file of archaeological sites in Afghanistan was begun for the library of the British Institute. It was designed as a quick, working reference guide to the major sites for the use of researchers who needed further information on a particular site or sites, modelled on those indexes existing at the time in the British School of Archaeology at Athens and the Institute of Archaeology at London University. The value of such a guide soon became apparent, and it was decided to expand this index into a full catalogue encompassing as many of the sites and monuments as possible that could be found from published sources. As such, all known sites, whether they were simply unidentified mounds observed in passing or major monumental and excavated sites, could be referred to quickly and a comprehensive list of publications dealing with each site be consulted, in tandem with expanding the Institute library. In its loose, unbound form it was designed not only to be consulted for reference but also to be constantly enlarged, updated, and improved by its users. As a result of expanding the index into a more comprehensive catalogue, it was suggested that a second version be prepared for publication as a gazetteer, and the original work was conceived. At the same time several colleagues offered to contribute their own unpublished field material for inclusion in the Gazetteer as a means of publishing sites hitherto accessible only in private archives. Chief of these were Jean-Claude Gardin and Bertille Lyonnet, who had recently completed their eastern Bactria surveys.

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