- From AGADE:
>From Jona Lendering <adsl294196@...> came this translationof a piece posted at
kh-monument.shtml>; see also
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Iranica-L/message/2204>. He adds:
Hellenistic Bactra is a continuation of an Achaemenid settlement.
This is where reportedly Alexander and Roxane were married and
Zarathustra was killed.
Discovery of a historical site near Balkh
27 July 2006
Authorities declare that a Hellenistic site has been identified near
Balkh, in the north of Afghanistan, and that it is about 2,000 years
The site, about 25 km from Mazar-e Sharif, at first sight looks
like a ruin on a hill. Of what is called an ancient building, only
the remains of a mud-brick wall survive. Due to natural causes and
war, this building has collapsed and was covered by earth.
Mr. Said Reza Hosseini, archaeologist of the Agency for Information
and Culture in Balkh, says that this site was discovered by
smugglers of antiquities. They have made great holes in the ruins.
Mr. Hosseini tells that fortunately, the site became known to the
authorities before the looters were able to remove the stone base
of a column that was probably made in the Hellenistic Age.
Mr. Hosseini believes that, except for the column base, many
objects of historical value can be discovered. The archaeologist
believes that the site has been a fort guarding the entrance of
Balkh, and assumes that it is more than 2,000 years old. He infers
that the ruins in hill are of the same age.
The archaeologist is greatly worried about the ineffective measures
to protect this historical site and stresses that the Afghan
government must take precautions to ensure the safety of those
working on this important site.
[Text Haroon Najafizada, BBC on
kh-monument.shtml; translation Sharona Asghari]