Safeguarding the Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
Shahrak District, Ghur Province, Afghanistan
The minaret of Jam (late 12th century CE), located in a remote region of Gur province and surrounded by rocky backdrops, is famous for its intricate glazed tile decoration. The minaret and the surrounding archaeological site were inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger in 2002. They are threatened by conflict, looting, annual flash floods, decay of building materials, and lack of conservation. The goal of this project is to undertake the conservation of the roof and the inner wooden staircase of the Minaret, install a system to monitor the building’s stability, and propose an overall conservation plan for the monument. The project provides on-the-job training for local professionals from national and regional heritage institutions and universities.