Photo: "Lost" Afghan Gold Treasures Coming to U.S.



A close view of a dagger from the first century A.D. shows semiprecious turquoise inlaid in the gold hilt. The dagger is part of the fabled "Bactrian hoard" of gold treasures found in northern Afghanistan in 1978 and believed lost until 2003.

A hundred objects from the hoard, along with artifacts from other archaeological sites, will come to the U.S. for the first time next year as part of the traveling exhibit "Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum."

Photograph by Kenneth Garrett © 2007 National Geographic


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