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Road construction threatens ancient Afghan site

The construction of a road in Northern Afghanistan threatens a site occupied by humans as far back as the sixth century BC.

The picturesque Cheshma-e-Shafa gorge in the northern province of Balkh is just one of several ancient sites faced with destruction by a post-Taliban push for development, they say.

This is despite laws in place to protect the country’s heritage.

Traces of ancient human habitation were discovered in 2007 at Cheshma-e-Shafa, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, says the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan (DAFA).

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