PHOTOS: Searching for Afghanistan's Third Giant Buddha

PHOTOS: Searching for Afghanistan's Third Giant Buddha
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Archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi uses a brush to clean the face of a fourth-century Buddhist clay head.

Restoration is a vital aspect of his work, which is supported in part by the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council. Tarzi and his team of students, archaeologists, and museum restorers have cleaned and restored numerous other Buddhist clay sculptures found in Bamiyan.

Tarzi hopes someday these will fill exhibit cases in Afghan museums, which have suffered from damage and looting.

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—Photograph courtesy Zemaryalai Tarzi
 
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