SPACH Photo Catalogue of Major Priority Sites and Monuments:

Provinces:

Badakhshan Badghis
Baghlan
Balkh
Bamyan
Farah
Faryab
Ghazni
Ghor
Herat
Helmand
Jawzjan
Kabul
Kandahar
Kapisa
Khost
Kunar
Kunduz
Laghman
Logar
Nangarhar
Nimroz
Nuristan
Paktika
Paktya
Parwan
Samangan
Sari Pul
Takhar
Uruzgan
Wardak
Zabu
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HELMAND

"BUST,

LOCATION:
Helmand Province. 7 km south of Lashkargāh, at the confluence of the Arghandāb and Helmand Rivers.

DATE: Achaemenid, 6th-7th C BC. (Epigraphic); Sasanian, 4rd-7th C. (Ceramic, numismatic); Ghaznavid and Ghurid, 11th-13th C. (Architectural, ceramic, epigraphic, historical).

DESCRIPTION:
Bust forms the southern end of the Lashkari Bāzār complex, and is dominated by an immense citadel on a mound of uncertain date surrounded by a high enclosure wall. On top o the citadel are the remains of many structures, both in mud and baked brick, most neteable of which is a seven storey galleried well donwn trrough the middle. At the foot of the citadel is a ffree-standing Ghureid arch, and outside the enclosure the most noteable remains are a mud-brick, Ghaznavid palace and the probably later baked brick shrine of Ghiyyas al -Dīn. There have been many inmportant accidentral finds from the site, invcluding a collection of carved and inscribed bricks to the north of the citadel and a stone weight with an Old Persian cuneiform inscription found in the vicinity."

From Ball, W. Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, Paris, 1982, p. 63

CONDITION:

 
HELMAND ( BUST)
 
Shaft of Bost Shaft of Bost Arch of Bost Arch of Bost
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