The Queensland Museum will play host to a collection of hidden treasures that were believed to be lost to the world. A collection of priceless artefacts from the National Museum in Kabul, Afghanistan, will be on display next month.
The artefacts were believed lost during decades of civil war and foreign invasion in Afghanistan. They turned up in 2003 in a secret vault where they had been hidden from the Soviet Red Army and the Taliban.
The artefacts were taken from sites along the Silk Road, the world’s most important trade corridor in Ancient and Medieval Times. They date from between 2200 B.C. and 200 A.D. when the Silk Road connected Ancient China and the Roman Empire. Some of the artefacts may date to the time when Alexander the Great conquered Afghanistan.
The exhibit: Afghanistan Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul, shows how important Afghanistan was to world history and the development of modern civilisation.