Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World

Surviving treasures from the National Museum of Afghanistan

3 March – 17 July 2011

This exhibition is now closed

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Returning ivories

Afghanistan ivories video

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Film clips courtesy National Geographic, AFGHANISTAN: Hidden Treasures © 2008 NGHT, Inc.
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Returning ivories

The Greek legacy

Hidden treasures

Opening ceremony

Installing the crown

Treasures uncovered

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Buddha on display in Room 1

The remarkable story of an outstanding sculpture of the Buddha which is due to be returned to Afghanistan. Read more


New photography display

Afghanistan Now: Photographs by Fardin Waezi is on display until 10 June 2011. Read more

The work goes on...

Read about what Curator St John Simpson has been up to since the exhibition opened. Read more

President Karzai opens exhibition

Exhibition Curator St John Simpson on the events surrounding the opening of the exhibition. Read more

On the eve of the opening

Assistant Exhibition Curator Constance Wyndham describes the build up to the exhibition opening. Read more

Dismantling the crown

Museum Assistants Sarah Price and Xavier Duffy on their first encounters with a star object. Read more

Showing treasures

Neil MacGregor and St John Simpson brief the press on the forthcoming exhibition. Read more

The collection comes to London

St John Simpson, exhibition curator, on the discussions behind these treasures travelling the world. Read more

Audio: The Guardian debate

What makes a nation? Jon Snow chairs a panel discussion on Afghanistan, with an introduction by Neil MacGregor. Listen now

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