A company contracted to build a road in Afghanistan wants to bulldoze the Cheshma-e-Shafa gorge to clear a path for a road. Archaeologists have practically had to lay down in front of the bulldozers tosave the site. It’s illegal in Afghanistan to demolish a site like this, but it’s Afghanistan. They have bigger problems to worry about at the moment.
Here’s an older story on Cheshma-e-Shafa from last year. A detail that i missed first time around:
archaeologists have uncovered a 6-foot-tall (2-meter-tall) anvil-like stone believed to have been an altar at a fire temple originating from the Persian Empire period around the 6th century B.C.
Zoroastrian fire temple! Fragments of the empire of Alexander the Great! The mosque of Non-Gonbad!
Really? Does this need to be bulldozed? I wouldn’t be surprised if this construction company took a bribe from the Taliban in their ongoing efforts to erase history.