Zafar Paiman Excavations
My name is Zafar Paiman, I was born in Kabul. I am archeologist. Thanks to a scholarship, I came to France to study. I live in Paris.
I started to excavate in Afghanistan, mainly Kabul and its region, since 2003. The sites are Khwaja Safa, Tepe Narenj , Qol-e-Tut and Kunjakaï, 22km west of Kabul.
The recent excavations show that Kabul was still Buddhist in the early 11th century when Islam was already there in the current territory of Afghanistan.
I just completed a book that will be released soon : “The Tepe Narenj Buddhist Monastery At Kabul Buddhist Art During the First Muslim Raids Against the Town”
Tepe Narenj zone 14, unearthed in 2011. A Buddha sitting in meditation, in the foreground two columns “Pakhsa” adobe dating 8th, 10th century.
Tepe Narenj zone 14, unearthed in 2011. A Buddha sitting in meditation and Bodhisattva standing in the foreground two columns “Pakhsa” adobe dating 8th, 10th century.
Tepe Narenj zone 3 chapel 3 , sculptures standing against the south wall of the chapel, from left to right, bodhisattva, secular character (military) wearing boots and a secular character or princely type of sculpture Central India (all clay).
Tepe Narenj zone 3, chapel 4 – Heads of buddhas, clay stucco, 6th-7th century.
Tepe Narenj zone 3 – Chapel 2 . A 4 stone columns stupa, the base is 2.06 m side, unique in the World until today – 8th/9th century probably 10th.
Tepe Narenj zone 14, Buddha in meditation, discovered in 2010. Dating 7th 8th century.