The National Museum in Kabul, the war-torn capital of Afghanistan, recently opened an exhibit to display the 102 artefacts repatriated to them by Japan in 2016. These are artefacts that were discovered across Afghanistan at the height of archeological enlightenment in the country, but left for the ruins in the years of extended war and conflict.
Among the objects in this exhibit, is the celebrated ‘Foot of Zeus’ that was originally discovered in the valleys of Ai Khanum district in Takhar province in northern Afghanistan. It was excavated in the late 1960s from what was believed to be a Greek temple dating back to 4th century B.C. However, this important piece of Afghan history was later stolen from the Kabul museum in the chaotic years of civil wars and the Taliban regime. The foot is believed to of been looted during the Afghan civil war that ensued following the Soviet withdrawal.
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