IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Safeguarding the Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
Shahrak District, Ghur Province, Afghanistan
The minaret and archeological remains of Jam (12th-13th century CE) was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2002. The goals for this project are to establish a detailed conservation plan for the site, install a monitoring system, and undertake works on the roof of the Minaret and the inner wooden staircase. The project also includes a mentoring component for local professionals through the direct involvement of relevant Afghan authorities and universities.
Disappearing knowledge: Protecting Afghanistan's intangible heritage
Afghanistan’s cultural practices have been gravely weakened by decades of conflict, with communities displaced and practices disrupted. The project will contribute to the protection of this endangered intangible heritage by safeguarding the following traditional practices: decorative tile making in Herat, carpet weaving in Bamiyan, and tambor making in Kabul. They will be protected through documentation, training, and awareness-raising activities.
Conservation of Buddhist-era Built Heritage
Shewaki, Kabul Province, Afghanistan
The stupa at Shewaki lies eleven kilometers north of Kabul and dates from 1st-3rd century CE. It forms part of a religious complex that lay on a route that Buddhist pilgrims took on their way from the Indian lowlands to Bamiyan in the central highlands. This project, led by the Afghan Cultural Heritage Consultig Organisation (ACHCO), will document the site, stabilize the structure, protect the stupa’s immediate environs, and restore and partially reconstruct the monument.