By Juliette Van Krieken-Pieters
This quantity adopts a multidisciplinary process with contributions from archaeologists, linguists, an architect and attorneys to the various demanding situations This entire quantity on Afghanistan's cultural background with contributions from archaeologists, linguist and attorneys, facing the numerous concerns all for its security, presents an insiders' reassessment of the location and well-considered classes for the longer term.
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From its inception, SPACH was mainly focused on advocacy among those who could use their resources (money, negotiating position, political inﬂuence) to support this objective. In particular the major initial donors included the governments of Cyprus, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal. More recently, SPACH has received support for this and other objectives from the governments of Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States, and from UNESCO, the National Geographic Society and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
However, it is also a question of cultural heritage being low on the list of development priorities in a country with one of the lowest standards of living in the world. Therefore, the challenge for organizations working in the heritage sector in Afghanistan is to raise awareness as to the greater role that cultural heritage can play in peace and development and to combine their projects and objectives with broader goals that address a wider range of development issues, such as poverty, vocational training and education.
In May 2004, SPACH, in partnership with DAFA, funded another 34 brendan cassar & ana rosa rodríguez garcía expedition to Pul-i-Khumri in order to scientiﬁcally document a recently discovered rock-relief at Shamarq, Baghlan (Plates 61a and 61b) that has contributed further to our knowledge of KushanoSassanid Afghanistan and which escaped the outside world for over two millennia. New discoveries such as this, as well as the need to build a comprehensive list of sites and monuments to determine conservation and protection priorities has led SPACH to promote a large project to create a comprehensive nationwide catalogue, the aim of which is to document the status of all monuments and archaeological sites in Afghanistan.