Preservation of the Citadel, Arch, and Monumental Well of Bust, Lashkar Gah

Lashkar Gar, Afghanistan

Amount $ 250K

Years 2021 - 2022

Operator Délégation archéologique française en Afghanistan

Type of grant Call for projects

Afghan bill showing the Arch at Bust

The citadel, arch, and monumental well of Bust are among the most recognizable monuments in Afghanistan and are featured on Afghani banknotes. They are part of the vast archaeological site of Lashkari Bazar, the winter capital of the Ghaznavid (10-12th century CE) and Ghurid (12-13th century CE) dynasties. The site was damaged by fighting and then occupied by refugees. The goal of the project is to conserve the citadel and the arch, and clean and restore the well of Bust, while training and involving refugees from the area in project activities.