PHOTOS: Searching for Afghanistan's Third Giant Buddha

PHOTOS: Searching for Afghanistan's Third Giant Buddha
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Bamiyan was a hub along the ancient Silk Road, and its art synthesizes diverse roots. This bust unearthed at a Buddhist temple by archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi reflects ancient Greek influences, said National Geographic's Fredrik Hiebert, an expert on Afghan antiquities.

Tarzi said his excavations are helping to provide evidence for Bamiyan's key role "in the exchange process of artistic currents between India, China, and Central Asia."
—Photograph courtesy Zemaryalai Tarzi
 
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