PHOTOS: Searching for Afghanistan's Third Giant Buddha

PHOTOS: Searching for Afghanistan's Third Giant Buddha
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Fortification towers crown a Bamiyan cliffside site surveyed by archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi. A 29-foot (9-meter) Buddha stood in the now empty niche (center, bottom) before being destroyed by Taliban.

Here in Bamiyan's Kakrak Valley, Tarzi is surveying a monastery and remnants of a pre-Islamic town (not shown). As the 2009 field season begins, he looks forward to uncovering more layers of Bamiyan's rich history.
—Photograph courtesy Zemaryalai Tarzi
 
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