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Crossroads of the Ancient World

Discover the remarkable story of the survival, discovery and display of these ancient treasures. © Trustees of the British Museum. Created by British Museum.

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Afghanistan a nation at the crossroads of the ancient world since the Soviet invasion in 1979 this country has suffered decades of war terrible damage has been done to ancient monuments sites and museums in 1989 staff at the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul hid their most treasured items keeping them safe throughout the years of turmoil and later Taliban rule now these unique objects are traveling the world telling the story of Afghanistan's ancient civilization and the nation's pivotal role at the heart of the Silk Road the vast network of trading routes that stretched from China to the Mediterranean discover the complex beauty of these rediscovered masterpieces at the British Museum between them they tell the story of Afghanistan and it's vital place in the world you you