Buddhist-era relics found at Kabul’s Shewaki site


Archaeologists have discovered new relics dating back to the Buddhist era in the Shewaki area, east of Kabul city.

Eight small Buddhist stupas along with fortifications, walls and 176 other artifacts were found in Shewaki.

“When we started our excavation, this stupa was decomposed on several sides, it had huge damage all around, the upper part of the stupa was badly damaged and the lower part was underground,” said Wahid Rahimi, an archaeologist.

A team of nine archaeologists arrived at the scene two years ago and so far they have completed 50% of their excavations.

80 other experts are helping to renovate the historic site.

According to archaeologists, ancient relics from the Buddhist era found in Kabul, Jalalabad and Laghman show that these areas were once part of Gandharan civilization.

Gandhara was a major hub of Buddhist civilization for 1,000 years, from which Buddhism spread to China, Korea, Sri Lanka and Central Asia.

“Buddhism has existed in Afghanistan for 1,000 years,” said Noor Aqa Noori, head of the archaeological department of the Ministry of Information and Culture.

The Ministry of Information and Culture recently included the historic sites of Shewaki in the cultural area of ​​Kabul. The area is expected to be transformed into a major center for visitors in the years to come.

Archaeologists said the government should document the country’s historic sites before they are damaged.