By Claudio Margottini
This paintings experiences on a true experience in earth technological know-how and conservation, facing the UNESCO’s emergency actions carried out in Bamiyan (Central Afghanistan) for the restoration and rehabilitation of the cliff and niches after the destruction of the 2 well-known titanic Statues in 2001.
Since 2002 a global attempt has been made to appreciate the geological features of the world, the mechanical homes of neighborhood fabrics, petro-geophysical and sedimentological info in addition to the old and geological evolution of the Statues and cliff. Taken jointly, this data serves as a foundation for the restoration and rehabilitation of the cliff and niches and is gifted in detail.
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J. Maitland The Bamian valley is about half a mile broad and well cultivated, but there is no town or even central agglomeration of houses, only small villages scattered up and down the valley. To the north is a fairly continuous wall of cliffs averaging about 300 feet in height; to the south is a central plateau separated by the glens called Dahaneh-i-Tajik and Dahanehi-Saidabad from the cliffs limiting the western and eastern part of the valley. On the edge 3 The History of the Buddhas of Bamiyan 31 Fig.
4 The Death of the Old Man of the Mountain There was another terrible thing which I saw there. Passing by a certain valley, which is beside a pleasant river, I saw many dead bodies, and in the valley also I heard divers sweet sounds and harmonies of music, especially the noise of citherns. I was greatly amazed. This desert valley is in length seven or eight miles at the least, into which any one who enters dies presently, and can by no means pass alive through it. Moreover, I was tempted to go in, and to see what it was.
H. Hayden, an British geologist, who published a short essay. There are at present altogether five statues in Bámián three of which to are in the main valley at Taibut. Plate XII gives to general view of the cliff of Tertiary conglomerated on the left side of the valley and shows the two chief niches, one at either end, and two smaller niches between them. Only one of the latter contains to statues and that has suffered, like the two principal figures, from systematic mutilations as well as from the effects of Cannon-ball fired at it by Mahommedan invaders (Hayden 1910).