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Tepe Narenj

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Tepe Narenj

Tepe Narenj, also Tappe-e Narenj, is the archaeological site for the remains of a 5th or 6th century Buddhist monastery near Kabul, Afghanistan.


The monastery is first mentioned in the Chinese novel Soviet war in Afghanistan.

The Site

Foundations for the site were discovered by a joint study, conducted by the Afghan Archaeological Research Institute and Japan's National Research Institute for Cultural Properties.

The site lies along a hill and is 250 meters long.[2] It is located south of Lake Koul-e Heshmatkhan, south of Kabul and was discovered beneath a modern police station. The monastery consists of five small stupas for meditation and five chapels. The Afghan Institute of Archaeology continues to excavate at the site for one month each summer since 2005.[3] The site was listed in 2008 among the top 100 sites at risk.


Given the material at the site and the fact that the site is uncovered, it is at significant risk for erosion. The sculpture found at the site are made of "clay overlaid with fabric and covered with stucco."[4]

Recent political events have meant increased danger for the site as damage from looters, armed conflict and insufficient management continue to be threats.


  1. ^ "Japanese-Afghan team tries to catalog Buddhist ruins". The Japan Times Online. 27 April 2006. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Archive: mission "Tepe Narenj" 2007". Association Internationale pour la Promotion et la Recherche en Archeologie. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Afghan Institute of Archaeology". Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tepe Narenj". 10 July 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 


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