Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 July 2019

640 Pages | 353 colour, 36 b&w

10.86 x 5.50 inches

ISBN: 9780748699179

Bookseller Code (06)

The Archaeology of Afghanistan

From Earliest Times to the Timurid Period: New Edition

Edited by F.R. Allchin, Warwick Ball, and Norman Hammond

Published by Edinburgh University Press

First published in 1978, this was the first book in English to provide a complete survey of the immensely rich archaeological remains of Afghanistan. The contributors, all acknowledged scholars in their field, have worked in the country, on projects ranging from prehistoric surveys to the study of Islamic architecture. It has now been thoroughly revised and brought up to date to incorporate the latest discoveries and research.

New to this Edition:

  • New interpretation of the Afghan Bronze Age within the broader context of the recently identified Oxus and Helmand Civilisations
  • Reports on excavations completed after the first edition, such as Shortughaï and Kandahar
  • Excavations revealing Achaemenid, Greek and Kushan discoveries at and near Balkh, Achaemenid levels at Herat, and spectacular Buddhist remains at Kabul and Mes Aynak
  • Revised discussions of Graeco-Bactrian and Kushan coinage
  • Major revisions of Kushan and later pre-Islamic history based on the recent discovery of the Rabatak Bactrian inscription and the Bactrian documents
  • Other major discoveries such as the Greek Sophytos inscription from Kandahar, the Sasanian cave painting at Ghulbiyan, the Sasanian rock relief at Rag-i Bibi, and many others
  • Important early Islamic urban remains revealed at the Minaret of Jam with extensive related fortifications systems extending over a vast area
  • Extended bibliography with almost twice the number of new titles
  • Nearly 500 illustrations, nearly all new and mostly in colour