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Architectural Engineers in Interagency Exchange Work to Preserve Afghan Cultural Heritage

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 8, 2013


Two historic architecture specialists from Afghanistan recently returned to Kabul after completing a 10-week internship hosted by the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Heritage Center. Ayaz Hosham and Waris Qaimazada worked closely with architects from the U.S. National Park Service’s Historic American Buildings Survey on a Department of State-sponsored initiative to fully record the current preservation status of two 12th century “victory towers” in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Ghazni has been designated the “Asian Capital of Islamic Civilization” for 2013 by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

During their internship, the engineers prepared precise architectural drawings of the towers based on electronic measurements gathered in Ghazni by Park Service architects using laser scanning techniques. The drawings can be used by architectural conservators for carrying out physical preservation of the towers in the future. More information regarding the Ghazni Towers Documentation Project can be found here.

Partial funding for this project was provided through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Heritage Center, supporting the U.S. Department of State’s foreign policy to preserve and protect cultural heritage. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul also provided funding to facilitate the fieldwork portion of this project and the U.S. military provided essential logistical and security support to allow the fieldwork in Ghazni to take place.

Media contact: Susan Pittman,, (202) 632-6373.

PRN: 2013/0380


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