Afghanistan Gold Treasures Photo Gallery

Afghanistan Museum Treasure Pictures: Cracking the Gold Safe
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The "Bactrian Aphrodite" brooch was part of the Bactrian collection recovered in April 2004. The gold carving shows Greek, Indian and Asian influencesa product of the Silk Road melting pot of cultures.

An autonomous region 4,000 years ago, Bactria was overtaken by a wave of expansionist empires, including the nomadic Kushan who prevailed at the time these gold treasures were buried. The brooch is featured in the December 2004 issue of National Geographic magazine.

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Photo gallery by Chelsea Lane-Miller
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, copyright National Geographic Society
 
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